White Soldier and artist Yuda Braun with his colleagues, dressed head to foot in battle gear rendered in pure white, patrol Israeli-Palestinian cities and neighborhoods invoking self-examination in a place that operates largely through military control by military authority. Although armed security is commonplace in Israel and the Palestinian territories, onlookers of the White Soldiers are often taken aback by moving symbols that define the reality of the environment. Does the White Soldier change the militarized condition of Israel and Palestine? Braun states, "I think where politics fail, art might be able to succeed." See the VICE News segment here.
"He wrote about me, about you, about Palestine, about al-Birwa, about the occupation, about the victims, and he wrote about human beings," says one of the interviewees in Ibtisam Mara'ana Menuhin's documentary about Mahmoud Darwish, Write Down, I Am an Arab — winner of the Audience Award at Doc Aviv Film Festival, 2014. Learn more about Ibtisam Mara'ana Menuhin here.
Someone in Israel has taken it upon themselves to write the names of Palestinians killed in Gaza on walls in the town of Beersheva to remind Israelis that those killed are not part of a collective evil, but instead individuals fulfilling roles in their communities and families. Additionally, someone going by NamesOnWalls has photographed the names and published them on Tumblr. You can read more about this on the Daily Jewish Forward as well as The Christian Science Monitor, and see more images of the names of Gaza victims on Tumblr.
The Outpost, published by Abrahim Nehme out of Beirut, Lebanon, promotes a variety of design generated in the Arab world and looks critically at the missing pieces as well as the challenges and opportunities to improve Middle Eastern life through design.
Sarah Al Abdali speaks about her art and why she makes it as part of an Edge of Arabia exhibition that traveled to the United Kingdom among other countries. See her art and along with other emerging Saudi artists on the Edge of Arabia website.
Read the TIME online article.