The Bridge - Chicago

12 Apr 2016 – 19 May 2016

Event times

8 am to 5 pm daily (8 am to 4 pm on Sundays), except on University holidays.

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Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Illinois, United States


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The Bridge is a traveling exhibition showcasing the work of 47 premier Arab, Persian and Jewish contemporary visual artists from 15 countries, of Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds. It focuses upon what bridges us to one another, as well as to what is held in common across creeds and cultures.


Since its opening in February 2015 in Paris, The Bridge has been displayed London, Cairo, Metz, and New York. After its time in Chicago it travels to Portland, Spokane and Wyoming.

As the exhibition travels, it takes with it a fundamental message of intercultural and interreligious harmony and provides a link not only within communities but also between communities. The Bridge serves as a common starting point on which to build, toward seeing the development of a world that inherently respects and honors cultural and religious diversity, living and working together in harmony.

The  exhibition involves a diverse range of visual artists. Participating artists include women and men, from premier contemporary artists to emerging younger artists, from the three primary monotheistic faith backgrounds and 15 countries. Each artist has submitted one original work (done specifically for the exhibition) addressing the theme “The Bridge,” focusing on what they hold in common through their cultures and creeds, illustrating their ideas of how to build bridges between us all. 

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Reda Abdel Rahman

Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler

Exhibiting artists

Valérie Rauchbach

Lilianne Milgrom

Ronen Siman Tov

El Zaeem

Siona Benjamin

Galila Nawar

Sameh Ismael

Carelle Homsy

Manal Deeb

Sacha Schwartz

Karim Abd Elmalak

Rana Chalabi

Asmaa Takkieddine

Patrick Altes

Hilda Hiary

Guirguis Lotfi

Isabelle Bakhoum

Yasser Rostom

Hayam Abdel Baky

Hossam Sakr

Reem Hassan

Malak El Shazly

Hisham El Zeiny

Mohamed Monaiseer

Mohamed Ardash

Rania El Hakim

Mutaz Elemam

Shai Azoulay

Mai Refky

Lina Mowafy

Samia Zoghlami

Britt Boutros Ghali

Houria Niati

Gamal Ez

Hisham Abdallah

Reda Abdel Rahman

Helen Zughaib

Qais Al Sindy

Mohamed Abouelnaga

Nagla Samir

Azadeh Ghotbi

Ali Abdel Mohsen

Mona El Bayoumi

Marwa Adel

Marc Goldstain

Myriam Boccara

Marie Boralevi


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