Parhesia Group With Sadaka-Reut and the Arab – Jewish Communal Center
10.11.2007 | 12:00
Opening Event includes a tour and meeting with Ajami residents
Initiated by “Ayam” with the support of the Tel Aviv – Jaffa Municipality’s Culture & Arts Division, Department of Arts / The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon / The New Israel Fund
Autobiography of a City
The project turns the public sphere of the quarter – the sidewalks, roads, fences, the fronts of houses – into a visual Arabic- Hebrew dictionary. The project was formed as a result of a meeting with pupils from the quarter who, together with the residents, decided on places that should be marked with words. The words, designated in spray paint, in Arabic with a Hebrew transcript and translation into Hebrew, create a walking tour course and a story. This is the story that the residents of the quarter chose to tell about themselves and their language. The concept is to turn the quarter into a visual Arabic dictionary in urban standards. The presence of the memory and everyday life of Jaffa as an Arabic city appears, for the most part, in the private sphere. The Arab identity of the city is slowly disappearing from its public sphere, as a result of the processes of urban development and economic developments of the real estate market which are leading to the banishment of the Arab residents of the quarter. “Through Language” is a course for a walking tour that integrates getting acquainted with the quarter through wandering around and being invited to read it in a new perspective. The words constitute a key to many stories. Memories, hopes and fears, which, for the most part, are only heard inside the houses, without their bearing any kind of presence in the public sphere or its discourse.
The project “Path of Language” was first presented in August 2006, in the framework of the exhibit “Neighborhood Works” (Curators: the Sala-manca Group), in the German Colony in Jerusalem. In Jaffa, the project is being carried out in collaboration with the Sadaka- Re’ut Association that is active among the youth in the city.