Odeh Muhawesh spent the first 18 years of his life living in Jordan and now lives in the United States. In his own words, he was a Middle Easterner, and is now a MidWesterner. He travels often and has been to four continents. Odeh believes that deep down we are all the same. If you put John Doe from Iowa next to Abdallah Mohamed in a room and they got to know one another, they would find that they both have the same fears and the same dreams. It is imperative that we get to know one another if we are going to get along in this world.
About the Project:
A Peace of My Mind began out of the belief that if a single voice can make a small difference, then together, many voices can make a tremendous impact.
In early 2009, photographer John Noltner began interviewing people about their thoughts on peace. The interviews were recorded digitally and combined with a B&W portrait.
The goal is to create a collection of thoughts on peace from people with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and to use that collection of interviews to foster a larger public conversation on the subject.
The project is based on the premise that we all have important thoughts to share. We all have a view of peace that is very personal...whether that means political peace, spiritual peace, inner peace or something entirely unexpected. And the belief is that at the core, we are all the same...we all long for and dream for the same things.
More than 50 people have been interviewed for A Peace of My Mind. I am currently in the process of producing an exhibit that can be used by school and community groups to help foster dialogue about issues such as conflict resolution, tolerance, diversity and civic responsibility.
So the hope is that through conversation, we will begin to understand each other a little better. By sharing, we will create a sense of community, and in our own way , make a stand for peace...in our own lives, in our communities, and in the world that we share.
It’s that simple...join us...and share A Peace of Your Mind.
Disclaimer: While IGVP strives for unity and clarity of vision, each blog author is responsible for his or her own words, links, and references. They do not necessarily represent the many voices and opinions of individuals within the visual peacemakers movement, the Guild, or the IGVP Founders.