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The art of dialogue: Jewish-Christian relations in a post-shoah world.

Krondorfer, Björn
June 4, 2015

Source: (2012) Crosscurrents. 62(3):301-317.

The importance of dialogue is the topic I want to address at this occasion.
I want to show that there is an art to dialoguing, and this art calls
us into an ethical commitment of relationality. I also want to show that
the art to dialoguing involves, literally, the arts. In my life, I have experienced
and practiced dialogue through the performance arts as well as the
visual arts. The body of work that my artist friend Karen Baldner and I
created over the years is one example of how the visual arts can facilitate
dialogue and serve as a catalyst for restoration and transformation. Our
collaborative effort (previously covered in CrossCurrents2) has resulted in
multiple objects of installations, prints, and book art that serve as witnesses
to our ongoing dialogue between a Jewish German woman and a
non-Jewish German man, both of whom were raised in Germany but are
now residing in the United States. (excerpt)


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