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.

Cost of entry


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

Manal Deeb

Hisham El Zeiny

Marwa Adel

Helen Zughaib

Guirguis Lotfi

Asmaa Takkieddine

Samia Zoghlami

Carelle Homsy

Reda Abdel Rahman

Mohamed Abouelnaga

Myriam Boccara

Lina Mowafy

Mohamed Ardash

Houria Niati

Isabelle Bakhoum

Mutaz Elemam

Azadeh Ghotbi

Mona El Bayoumi

Yasser Rostom

Marie Boralevi

Gamal Ez

Hossam Sakr

Malak El Shazly

Hilda Hiary

Ronen Siman Tov

Siona Benjamin

Hisham Abdallah

Mai Refky

Sacha Schwartz

Marc Goldstain

El Zaeem

Britt Boutros Ghali

Sameh Ismael

Qais Al Sindy

Rania El Hakim

Ali Abdel Mohsen

Hayam Abdel Baky

Karim Abd Elmalak

Shai Azoulay

Mohamed Monaiseer

Reem Hassan

Galila Nawar

Lilianne Milgrom

Rana Chalabi

Nagla Samir

Patrick Altes


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