The Ship of Tolerance

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Itinerant Works produced and delivered the social engagement for the Ship of Tolerance in London, which was unveiled in September 2019. On its 12th global iteration, 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.

The Kabakovs created this work as a space 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. 
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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