The Ship of Tolerance

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Itinerant Works is currently coordinating the social engagement of the 12th iteration of this conceptual piece, which will be unveiled in the London during the Autumn 2019. The mission of the Ship of Tolerance is to educate and connect the youth of different continents, cultures, and identities through the language of art.


Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you’ve no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain

.This piece that is meant to reflect how divergent cultures interpret tolerance and how these interpretations overlap. The ship’s sails are stitched together from paintings by hundreds of local schoolchildren from different ethnic and social backgrounds, and will convey a message of tolerance and hope. By participating in the creation of this ship children will learn about respecting different cultures and ideas while appreciating how they differ from their own. In short, through this creative process, they will both demonstrate and gain a vibrant lesson in tolerance.
Eleven previous interpretations of this project have taken place in: Siwa, Egypt; Venice, Italy; San Moritz, Switzerland; Sharjah, UAE; Miami, FL, USA; Havana, Cuba;  New York, NY, USA; Moscow, Russia; Zug, Switzerland; Capalbio, Italy and Rome, Italy.

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