In September 2012 the “And We Were Tortured” exhibit produced by PCATI was held at the Zaritsky Artists House in Tel Aviv with the participation of a number of leading artists in the plastic arts in Israel. At the exhibition local Jewish and Palestinian artists presented works inspired by the testimonies of torture victims. Their works were displayed alongside these testimonies. Over the course of the exhibition, musical performances and documentary films involving the artists were presented as well.
Participating in the exhibition were: Hannan Abu-Hussein, Larry Abramson, Mohamed Badarne, Anat Bar el, Bila Berg, Rafram Chaddad, Rachel Erez, Gilad Evron, Dudu Gerstein, Michal Goldman, Michal Heiman, Shosh Israeli, Miki Kratsman, Motti Lerner, Alex Levac, Aïm Deüelle Lüski, Michael Naaman, Sigal Primor, David Reeb, Roee Rosen, Eyal Segal, David Tartakover and Rafi Weichert.
The exhibition marked 13 years since the High Court of Justice’s ruling on the petition filed by the Public Committee Against Torture and other human rights organizations against the State of Israel’s torture policy, known as the High Court of Justice torture ruling.
PCATI’s Executive Director Dr. Ishai Menuchin opened the exhibition: “Since that High Court of Justice ruling which prohibited torture 13 years ago, hundreds of complaints have been filed against ISA interrogators but not a single one has led to the criminal investigation of the complaint. Alongside our ongoing legal work, we hope that this art exhibit will raise awareness in the wider public of the actions which take place in their names every day in shadowy facilities not far from here. With the help of these artists we send a message of support to those who have been subjected to torture and are in need of rehabilitation.”
The artists participating in the exhibit all volunteered their time, and dedicated the income from sale of their works to covering the exhibition’s expenses and contributions to PCATI and a Palestinian organization working to rehabilitate victims of torture.
The “And We Were Tortured” booklet was published after the exhibition. It included photographs of the works displayed in the exhibition as well as the torture victims’ testimonies.