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making differences: snow white and the madness of truth

Snow White and The Madness of Truth is a work of art by Israeli-born Swedish composer/musician Dror Feiler and his Swedish wife Gunilla Sköld-Feiler, which made a brief splash of international news after the Israeli ambassador vandalized it January 16, 2004 by tipping one of the lights into the water and causing a short circuit. >from *Snow White and The Madness of Truth*. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The installation Snow White and The Madness of Truth had three parts: bright photographers' lights aimed at a long rectangular pool of blood-like red water on which a little boat floated with a cardboard sail made from a much-published photograph of Hanadi Jaradat -the woman who blew up a restaurant in Haifa during the weekend of the last Jewish New Year; music performed by Feiler playing in the background; and the text on the accompanying wall.

The installation was a part of the Making Differences exhibition, in conjunction with Stockholm International Forum 2004: Preventing Genocide. The title attempts to pose the question: Does it make a difference? Do we make a difference?, and Can art, photography etc make any difference?, in order to engage people in a dialogue about these matters. Many of the shows also illustrate individual people's work who we believe do make a difference when it comes to open people's eyes toward a larger understanding, and a broader view of the issues. Art, journalism and documentary has a saying in forming opinions amongst people.

Done in a responsible way, art can actually have a value and a meaning beyond being just art itself - it can make people reflect on, and better be prepared, for a discussion and understandning of the events of the world." >from *Making Differences*. January 17 - February 7, 2004

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dror feiler. "i want always to deal with the grim problems in life: shrapnel (war) ; beat the white the red wedge (revolution) ; schlafbrand (second world war) ; let the millionaires go naked (revenge of the poor); intifada (israeli-palestinian conflict). aesthetics per se do not interest me... when i compose or play i do not look for beauty, but for truth."
> art attack under press spotlight. bbc news, january 19, 2004
> banksy: graffiti art. the banksy manifesto is talking about how the application of paint can make a difference. december 3, 2003
> guess who died: on arafat in israeli art. october 6, 2003
> mirroring evil: nazi imagery/recent art . one recent of many art exhibitions at the jewish museum that have addressed the period of the holocaust. march 18, 2002

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