• Selfportrait 2006

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://selfportrait – a show for Bethlehem
is the second media art exhibition project in Bethlehem/Palestine – initiated and curated by Agricola de Cologne, independent curator and director of
The Ne Museum of Networed Art.

This media art exhibition was initiated and organised on occasion and in the framework of 10th anniversary of the twincityship of the municipalities of Cologne/Germany & Bethlehem/Palestine to be shown first in Bethlehem at Al Kahf Gallery at Bethlehem International Center – 06-30 July 2006.

artvideoKOELN was proud to collaborate afterwards with Casoria Contemporary Art Museum Naples/Italy and the show to be inaugurated on 16 December 2006 as a message of peace to the world on occasion of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, whereby the clone to be exhibitited wil become a part of the permanent museum collection.

Through its relevance in three world religions, Bethlehem was during more than 2000 years a symbol for peace also beyond, but since some time Bethlehem and the entire Holy Land on the Westbank
is vanishing behind a huge wall as the result of a conflict in Middle East which is threatening world peace since many years.

By being present personally in Palestine after 2005 for the second time in 2006, Agriccola de Cologne and the incorporated artists are showing face through their selfportraits, via the show they artists overcome symbolically this wall which is separating Israel and Palestine, and become messengers of peace this way.

The show does not only transport the message of solidarity, but also the idea of a free and independent culture without borders, the use of New Media technology represents further a symbol for a new era for solving conflicts via communication. So, the exhibition becomes a contribution to peace on earth, there are conflicts in many parts on the globe, there virtual and physical walls everywhere to be overcome. Living in peace is a human right forming the basis for other human rights.

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://selfportrait – a show for Bethlehem
incorporates about 350 artists and following aspects of New Media presented in physical space – digital prints to be installed in space or on walls, digital video via projections and installations, multi-media based on different technologies and sonic art via display on computer installation, and not to be forgotten, the artists statements via projection and display on monitors which give an idea about the visions of contemporary artists.

://selfportrait – a show for Bethlehem
is realized in cooperation with

2006-2007

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Bethlehem (Palestine)
International Center
Al Kahf Art Gallery – 07 – 30 July 2006
Paul VI street/Madbassa Square
Bethlehem

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Szczecin (Poland) – 20 October – 20 November
Offizyna Art Space

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Santa Fe (Argentina) – 10 December 2006 – 28 January 2007
MAC – Museo Arte Contemporaneo
Universidad Nacional del Litoral
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
Casoria/Naples (Italy) – 16 December inauguration
Contemporary Art Museum

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Rosario (Argentina) – 2 February – 1 April 2007 (after prologation)
MACRO – Museo Arte Contemporaneo Rosario