Through Others' Eyes - An Evening With Givat Haviva
The Givat Haviva Institute, founded in 1949, promotes equality, dialogue and understanding between Arabs and Jews through formal and informal programs, with the goal of creating a shared future and society in Israel. Givat Haviva’s flagship program, Shared Communities, pairs neighboring Arab villages with Jewish communities for programs with youth, women, and elderly, to bridge divides and increase communication and interaction across three generations of residents.
Through Others’ Eyes is a community-building project of Givat Haviva's Art Center which uses photography to explore questions of identity and coexistence, and through the process of the project, coalesce the youth from a bi-national to uni-national group.
During the year, a group of 25 Israeli teens – 14 from a nearby Arab village and 11 from nearby Jewish youth communities – visit each other’s homes and communities. During the sessions, they get to know and relate to each other through engagement in photography projects organized around themes relevant to the lives of the youth as: family, cultural and religious celebrations, the body, and self and group identity. In the program, youth from different backgrounds share personal and cultural histories and narratives, and build a common group experience.