THROUGH OTHERS EYES
Through Others’ Eyes is a project of Givat Haviva which has been educating for peace, democracy, coexistence and social solidarity for half a century. As part of their photography program at Givat Haviva’s Art Centre, Jewish and Arab high school students are assigned to visit one another’s homes and communities, and to photograph both the exterior and interior. The camera serves as the eye that helps them observe “the other” from a new angle. The teenagers’ interactions have led to a deeper understanding of one another and to lasting friendships. The resulting “Through Others’ Eyes” photography exhibit is mounted throughout Israel as well as abroad.
In addition to Through Others’ Eyes Givat Haviva conducts a broad range of formal and informal programs that resist all forms of racism and discrimination, bridge the gaps in the fields of Jewish-Arab relations and promote greater understanding between different groups in Israeli society. Only in this manner can the moral foundation for achieving peace with the Palestinians and the Arab states be achieved.
These photos of the students and their work were taken at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck New Jersey on August 3, 2011. The cards pinned to some of the kids are either photos they’ve taken, or their favorites.