Migration and displacement - Physical and emotional Journeys:
from personal experiences to global phenomena and activism
Bezalel Academy of Art & Design
Course Designers & Lecturers: Mr. Eytan Shouker & Ms. Ruti Kantor
The participants in this course embark on journeys that take them from their personal experiences to global and communal interfaces. Assuming that the experience of migration and displacement is shared by almost every family in Israel, and that students are familiar with difficulties associated with migration (i.e. acquiring a new language; adapting to a new culture; feeling alienated and insecure) – they are required to research their own intimate social circles and present the result of their researches in visual forms. They are then asked to create an artistic intervention within a community of their choice. The course integrates theory and practice. We discuss various perspectives of the topic, i.e. anthropological, psychological and sociological perspectives. At a later stage, the students broaden their view to the wider context of Israeli culture. This is done within interdisciplinary working teams.