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Who we are and what we are working with We would like to invite you to help us to create a Palestinian/Norwegian Network of Art between Palestinian and Norwegian Art Organizations. The Palestine Committee of Norway has now founded an Arts Council that will encourage and promote cooperation in the Arts between Norway and Palestine. Art has a different reach and approach than political activism and brings out the human aspects. Through cooperation on an artistic level we can broaden the relationships across borders. Previous experiences show us that art can make bonds between cultures, and differs from other forms of cooperation. One of the main goals is to create a broader cooperation where we can get bigger impact. With artists united we can achieve more when it comes to the media and to shed light on Palestinian issues, while at the same time creating and exchanging Art. Our Art Counsil are initiated and put together by Käthe Øien, Visual Artist from Oslo Marie Skeie, Textile Artist from Bergen Lene E. Westerås, Author and Editor from Tromsø

lørdag 11. mars 2017

Gaza (a)live Brussel

Photo: Bea Borges

EU quarter Brussels, Nuit Blanche
01. October 19:00 - 02:00

Homepage: www.gazaalive.com 
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PL7sEmd5NtHolh8ZJSky1wm75MvWX9obCj Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GazaaliveBrussels
At the Nuit Blanche 1th of October 2016 in Brussels, artists, writers and musicians tell and show their everyday-life in Gaza (a)live – live streaming from Gaza.

Gaza is known as the largest open prison in the world. There are no airports, open borders or seaport, no ways to get in or out.

Photo: Bashar al Habbash

During this night you can meet and talk to Mohammed al Habbash, an oud player, May Murad, a visual artist, Wesam Moussa, a filmmaker and others at the live streaming at Gaza (a) live. They all have experienced how closed borders has challenged them in reaching out beyond Gaza. Living in Gaza under siege and as third generation refugee, they live through days of hope and despair trying to make some space for artistic expression and freedom.

For one evening you can follow these artists and talk directly to them during the streaming.

Coordinated by: Marie Skeie and Motaz al Habbash
With help of the Gaza team, Nuit Blanche team and helpers from Belgium, Palestine and elsewhere.

Threads Art Project - thousands of birds between us,


Photo: Mahmoud al Kurd


Threads Art Project is a crosscultural art project that has involved more than 600 persons till now in Palestine, Norway, India, Indonesia and other places. It's been exhibited in Salhus Trikotasjemuseum and Galleri N. Bergslien in Norway. It is a project in cooperation between Marie Skeie, Norway and Motaz al Habbash, Palestine. We have started the project in Gaza where we have involved different groups of people to embroider a bird and write a message. The goal is to have more than thousand messages and birds made around in the world.

Threads Art Facebook page 
Threads Art homepage 

Photo: Mahmoud al Kurd


Here is a interview done by Mee Bolann for "Fritt Palestina" about the project (in Norwegian). 

 FRI SOM FUGLEN  

Høsten 2013 startet Marie og Motaz kunstprosjektet ”Threads Art Project” på Gazastripen. Gjennom prosjektet inviterte de folk til å brodere en fugl med en beskjed til omverdenen. Bakgrunnen for dette prosjektet var å belyse situasjonen til menneskene som er fanget av blokaden i Gaza. Broderiet ble her en symbolsk handling som skapte rom for en krysskulturell dialog mellom mennesker fra ulike land.

 - I alle kunstprosjektene våre jobber vi sammen med andre mennesker, og disse menneskene og deres arbeid blir en del av kunsten. Vi har begge vært opptatt av ønske om å hjelpe andre, men det er ikke alltid det er mulig å gi hjelpen som trengs; da kan vi gjennom kunst gi et kreativt rom for dialog og forståelse. 

Photo: Anne Skeie


Kunstprosjektet startet opp på Gazastripen, men har siden inkludert deltakere fra Norge, India og Indonesia. ”Threads Art Project” er et forsøk på å skape hverdag i en virkelighet preget av krig og blokade. Med enkle ressurser som nål og tråd har deltakerne fått kraft og motivasjon til å overskride barrierene skapt av tid, rom og kultur. 

- For meg var det viktig å lage et rom for tanker som handler om noe annet enn krig og vansker. Kunst kan ha en evne til å overskride grenser, identitet og kommunikasjon; forklarer Marie og påpeker at kunst i all sin enkelthet handler om å være sammen med andre mennesker.