A contested home: healing through art and storytelling

Sonja Kuftinec, Avigail Manneberg

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How can art be used to acknowledge conflicting narratives of "home"? In this podcast, Avigail Manneberg, a Minneapolis-based artist and adjunct faculty member in the University of Minnesota Department of Art, and Sonja Kuftinec, a professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Theater Arts and Dance, discuss their project "A Contested Home," which uses art and storytelling to engage themes of forced migration and displacement in the Galilee.

Their project focuses on a single geographical space called "home" by two different groups: the village of Ya'ad/Mi'ar in the Galilee region of northern Israel. The village of Ya’ad was built in the 1970s and settled by Israeli Jews next to the ruins of the village of Mi’ar, whose Palestinian descendants continue to live in the area. Working with local artists and partners, Manneberg and Kuftinec held workshops focused on personal Mi'ari family narratives and testimonials to confront taboo narratives of forced displacement.

This project was made possible by funding from the Human Rights Initiative: https://cla.umn.edu/human-rights/research/human-rights-initiative
Original languageEnglish (US)
Media of outputPodcast
StatePublished - 2019

Civios Subjects

  • Community Engagement
  • Migration


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