is a group of Jewish and Palestinian activists, visual artists, industrial and graphic designers and photographers from Israel, aiming to construct a civil language; a language that respects, is humane and allows to sustain a dialogue, a method of communication that distinguishes itself from the power-driven language characteristic of government and commercial entities. Parrhesia, in conjunction with organizations aspiring for social change and human rights, helps to strengthen visibility by producing books, info-sheets, posters, presentations, internet sites etc., contributing to the effort to construct a channel that will sound the voices of those who are excluded from Israeli society and its discourse.
Parrhesia is currently working with human rights and advocacy organizations aiming for civic equality of Palestinians, economic and social justice in Israeli society, as well as major feminist organizations.
In addition, the group creates independent artwork that deals with controversial issues that challenge the Israeli consensus, for example: 'The Way of Language' - a graffiti Arab-Hebrew dictionary sprayed on a main street in Jerusalem and Jaffo - a response to a streak of Arab words erased off major street signs in the cities; a street banner - 'Black Stain' - hanging in Haifa dealing with the October 2000 riots and the killing of thirteen Palestinian citizens of Israel and 'Shtukee' - a series of audio-visual interviews dealing with fertility and demography policies.
Parrhesia publishes the magazine Sedek (fissure) in cooperation with Zochrot [Remembering]. An English Abstract
of the first issue is available as PDF. Sedek is published in Arab/Hebrew originally, the three issues available can be ordered in these languages at the Pardes Publishing House
House in Israel.
Graphic designer, B.A. from Visual Communications Department, Bezalel Art Academy, Israel, was graphic editor of 'Kol Ha-Ir' newspaper in Jerusalem. Works as a freelance designer in educational, cultural, artistic and social change orientated projects. Lecturer on Design and Social Change at the Holon Institute of Technology. Three year training period in France, specializing in Social and Political Design. Completing his M.A. in the Communications Department, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
A photography teacher and a social activist, was the head of the Photography Department of Camera Obscura School of Art, Tel Aviv. A graduate of Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. Holds a B.A and M.A. in Photography from universities in the U.S. A winner of 'Teacher-Artist' scholarship for four years. Recently has finished a two year period of teaching photography in Kfar Kara' – a Palestinian village in Israel. Has shown solo and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
Artist. Graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Program for Young Artists, Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem. Teaches Pilates. A volunteer for 'Physicians For Human Rights' in Israel in the documentation of the association. Initiator and partner of new and alternative formats for creating social-oriented art, for example 'Sugia' and 'Re-Collection'. Winner of 'Young Artist' Prize, 1999; Scholarship to Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2000-2001; Klachkin Culture Prize given by the America-Israel Culture Foundation, 2005.
B.F.A. from the Fine Arts Deparment, Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem and M.F.A from Middlesex University, London. Student exchange at Cooper Union, N.Y. Received the Israeli Ministry of Culture scholarship to Ljubljana, Slovenia. A Fine Arts lecturer at Avni Institute, College of Technology and Administration, Wizo College of Design and Emuna Arts College. Has shown solo exhibitions in Israel, England and Germany (with collaborator Alex Schady). Promotes and participates in artist-run initiatives with an educational orientation, in alternative and public spaces in Israel and abroad.
Manages consultation services and supports educational and social initiatives. Promotes social and economic empowerment initiatives of excluded populations from Israeli society - foreign workers, women from marganalized groups. A lawyer specializing in economic and public law. A graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem and since 2004, acts as co-director of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev.
Orna Ben Shitrit
Photographer. A graduate of the Photography Dept. at the WIZO College for Design in Haifa. Has participated in projects dealing with the documentation and restoration of the Jewish tradition in Izmir, Turkey and Venice, Italy. Documents and accompanies social change projects. Writes in the online magazine 'Maarav - Art, Culture and Media'. Teaches studio photography at the WIZO Academy in Haifa. A member of 'Block' - a group of artists from Haifa. Manages information system projects.
Graduate of the Industrial Design Dept. in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and the M.A. program of Humanitarian Design at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, Holland. Teaches at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and at Avni Institute of Art. First prize winner of the Design 21 contest, in partnership with UNESCO, for the development of a game encouraging a dialogue between cultures.
A performance and installation artist with BFA degree in art from Haifa University and one year of studies in the MFA program there.
Part of the initiating and establishing team of Masar school of Nazareth - the first alternative school in the Arab community in Israel.
She taught art in the program for Art Educators in Ara'ra and she teaches art in several frameworks in Nazareth. Her art works were exhibited widely in
Israel and abroad in places such as in Vienna, London, Prague, Jerusalem, Beit-Lachem, Holon, Petach-tikva, Haifa, Tel-Aviv, and more. Her work
was part of the exhibition „Overlapping Voices.
Israeli and Palestinian Artists“ in the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg (Vienna).
Manar Zoabi lives in Nazareth.
Member until 2008: Tal Adler
Photographer, artist and lecturer. Received an M.A. in Fine Arts from the Art Academy of Vienna.
Graduated from The Musrara School of Photography and the Post-graduate program of Bezalel Art Academy.
Initiates and exhibits projects geared towards social change. Adler's Unrecognized project, that he worked on for four years,
exposes the narrative of the Bedouin population in the unrecognized villages in the Negev Desert. Photography accompanied by a series of discussions,
workshops and lectures, was shown in Israel and abroad. This work was part of the exhibition „Overlapping Voices.
Israeli and Palestinian Artists“ in the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg (Vienna) 05/2008 - 10/2008. Adler was also curator of this exhibition.
See Adlers Homepage (Itemz)
cooperating partner in Vienna (Austria):
Vienna-based artist and architect, has been working in and with public space in several exhibitions and art projects, amongst others: “Strange Views” (1999), exhibition project in the Vienna Prater with lettering on sidewalks, “Permanent Breakfast” (1999-2005), the everlasting breakfast in public space; Wine tasting with homeless people under a Viennese bridge (2002) and art projects with refugees (2004-2006). Lectures, publications and guided tours about the Permanent Breakfast project, gender and public space and Viennese landmarks. Dedicated to questions of democratic use, appropriation of public space and resulting designs.