The Riffe Gallery will present Aspirations: Toward a Future in the Middle East , January 25 - April 8, an exhibition of more than 170 images by 11 Israeli and Palestinian photographers. Aspirations seeks to address a goal that seems impossible and inevitable at the same time—peace in the Middle East between the Israeli and Palestinian people. Artists in the exhibition have been chosen for their ability to convey a sense of self, place and community. The exhibition is curated by Robert Stearns, senior program director, Arts Midwest and Nella Cassouto, independent curator, Jerusalem. Aspirations is produced by the Ohio Arts Council's International Program in partnership with Arts Midwest and with the support of the Illinois Arts Council and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cultural and Scientific Relations Department and Office of Cultural Affairs in the United States, Consulate General of Israel, New York.
Featured artists include Issa Freij, Amit Geron, Yehoshua Glotman, Noel Jabbour, Adi Nes, Naomi Tereza Salmon, Tamir Sher, Osama Silwadi, Sharon Ya'ari, Lee Yanor, and Khaled Zighari.