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Maktuv*: An Afternoon of Islamic and Jewish Calligraphy
November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC-5Free
This event is a part of the Major Exhibition Mark for Redaction, envisioned by Razan Al-Salah and curated by Hilal Khalil
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Join us for an interactive workshop led by experiential educator, community organizer, and artist Ruben Shimonov. We will explore the significance of Arabic in Islam and Hebrew in Judaism, as well as the close relationship between both Semitic languages. It’ll be a space to share our personal connections with the holy languages of our respective faiths and to engage with these two languages through a hands-on calligraphy workshop. No background in Arabic or Hebrew calligraphy necessary. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
*As cognates, Maktoob and Ketuv mean “written” in Arabic and Hebrew respectively.
About the workshop facilitator
Born in Uzbekistan, Ruben belongs to the native Persian-speaking Jewish population of Central Asia that has lived alongside their Muslim neighbors for 1300 years, engaging in cultural and intellectual commerce. Given his background, Ruben possesses a strong passion for Muslim-Jewish community building. He has brought this interest to his professional, communal, artistic, and volunteer work.
Ruben is a participating artist in the Mark for Redaction exhibition, and has work hanging in the Flux Factory gallery.