Exhibit of Israeli and Palestinian artists cancelled at Mattress Factory-Pittsburgh Filmmakers

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An exhibition comprising art by Palestinian, Israeli and American artists at the Mattress Factory museum and at Pittsburgh Filmmakers has been canceled.

"Sites of Passage: Borders, Walls & Citizenship," which was to have opened this weekend, was guest curated by Tavia La Follette, founder and director of ArtUp and artist-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab. The intent of the exhibition was to investigate art as a catalyst for exploration and communication among the participants.

Neither Ms. La Follette nor spokespersons for the exhibition venues would comment further. The Mattress Factory and Pittsburgh Filmmakers websites have posted the following message:

"The exhibition 'Borders, Walls & Citizenship' has been canceled. Palestinian artists Bashar Alhroub, Manal Mahamid and Mohammed Musallam have withdrawn their participation.

"The [Mattress Factory] [Pittsburgh Filmmakers] and guest curator Tavia La Follette would like to make a public apology to all Palestinians everywhere for the misunderstanding of this exhibition."

Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925.

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