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Photo Exhibit: Hyphen Islam-Christianity - Beit Zatoun Toronto - September 11, 2010

September 1, 2010

Toronto, August 31, 2010 – Imagine a young country where multiculturalism is part of the mental landscape and where differences are life enriching. Imagine a much older country on the other side of the planet where 19 religious communities are at home on a territory only 1/10 the size of Southwest Ontario. The link between these two countries is "Hyphen Islam-Christianity", a multidisciplinary project which voyages into the heart of Lebanon but also into human memory of sharing and diversity.

An exhibition of 60 stunning photographs from Lebanon opening on September 11, Hyphen Islam-Christianity is a lively portrait of largely unknown landscapes, personalities and practices. Lebanon is a perfect example that illustrates the hyphen between two major religions because in spite of its small size and frequent inter religious clashes, the common aspects and the bridging points between religions do exist. With religious labels removed, we can see people living together in many villages where mosques and churches are built alongside each other.

Hyphen Islam-Christianity is an innovative project that reaches out, mainly through photography, to meet people from all traditions and all places with a more human dimension of the dialogue between Islam and Christianity. The project acts as a hyphen, bringing together two religions, two cultures, respecting each other's differences and contributions.

Nada Raphael is the photographer and producer of Hyphen Islam-Christianity. Nada studied in Beirut and Montreal and received a Bachelor's degrees in audio-visual studies, in communication and in journalism. She has variously worked as a photographer, a camera woman, a journalist, a theatre director and a project manager.
Beit Zatoun, a new culture and art venue located in Toronto. Beit Zatoun (translates as "House of Olive") is a gallery and performance space for the justice and human rights communities. It aims to raise awareness and create greater understanding as ultimate means to peace through art and culture. Beit Zatoun is located in Mirvish Village at 612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway).

DATES: Opening Reception: September 11 at 7:00 pm; (guided tour by Nada Raphael)
Exhibition dates: September 11 to October 3
Documentary Film and Discussion September 12 at 2:00 pm
VENUE: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway) Toronto

For more information contact:
Robert Massoud
Beit Zatoun
Phone: (647) 726-9500

Joelle Sfeir
Assistant Director
Phone: (514) 962 - 4167

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