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The project " En route for Human Land"


Guila Clara Kessous and Alice Vivian joined their passion for diversity and its humanistic and artistic expressions, bringing words and images together in order to share emotions and thoughts about universal bonds. Discovering and accepting the Other, wether he is from around the corner or across the globe, is the first step to tolerance and peace.

 

Interactive experiences, exhibits, conferences, the projet En Route for Human Land  is about sharing, showing the beautiful and being part of those who believe that we can collectively build a brighter Future. 

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The project " En route for Human Land"


Guila Clara Kessous and Alice Vivian joined their passion for diversity and its humanistic and artistic expressions, bringing words and images together in order to share emotions and thoughts about universal bonds. Discovering and accepting the Other, wether he is from around the corner or across the globe, is the first step to tolerance and peace.

 

Interactive experiences, exhibits, conferences, the projet En Route for Human Land  is about sharing, showing the beautiful and being part of those who believe that we can collectively build a brighter Future. 

GUILA CLARA KESSOUS  -  UNESCO Artist for Peace

Guila Clara Kessous is a specialist in Arts and Human Rights. She created the “Theatre and Human Rights” curriculum at Paris Institute of Political Studies (SciencesPo Paris) and teaches the program at the Carr Center of the Kennedy School at Harvard University. She conceives drama as a socially conscious reflection pervading multiple aspects of society and culture. She has benefited from her American and European theatrical approaches as an artist, actress, researcher, and teacher by collaborating with other directors and film makers including John Malkovich, Jim Spruill, Labid Aziz, Michael Marmarinos, Patrick Jérôme, Daniel Mesguich, and Jean Pierre Vincent among others. She has co-produced and directed over 20 shows.

She received a PhD in ethics and aesthetics under the mentorship of E. Wiesel, an MBA in cultural business, and a cross-disciplinary MA in comparative dramaturgy, cinema, and pedagogy. Author and translator, Dr. Kessous has had the opportunity to work with numerous artists and authors on theatrical works that primarily deal with humanitarian and social issues including Elie Wiesel, Marie NDiaye, Theodore Bikel, Marisa Berenson, James Taylor, Marie-Christine Barrault, Jean Claude Grumberg to name just a few. Founder of the French Troupe at Harvard University in 2005, she was nominated “Fashion Ambassador”and received two awards for teaching excellence from the Harvard Derek Bok Center. She has pursued her teaching in Europe and overseas (Harvard University, Boston University, Oxford University, University of Geneva, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po Paris, Alliances Françaises, Wiesel Institute in Paris ....). Transposing analysis techniques to the cinema, she made a series of short movies presented at the Cannes Festival (Official selection of the NY/Avignon Film Festival) entitled Private Conversation and Glassy reality working on the perspective of the object and the focalization of the world around from a handicapped point of view. 

With regards to her theatrical and cinematographic research, GC Kessous is a member of the ARIAS laboratory (CNRS/Paris III/ENS) as an associate researcher and holds a Post-doctorate scholarship from the Foundation for Research and Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (FIIRD) at the University of Geneva. She has been nominated a Knight of Arts & Letters (Chevalier des Arts et Lettres) by the French Ministry of Culture for her work on the influence of French culture overseas. For her dedication in Arts and Human Rights, she was awarded the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace.

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ALICE VIVIAN : Worldtraveler and Humanist  

Her passion: traveling, since always. After a bilingual education in Paris, Alice graduated with a Master's Degree in Management and Marketing at Paris Dauphine University. But at 22 years old, she decided to take a year off and live an authentic humanitarian experience in Burkina Faso Africa:  a first click. Returning to Paris, after receiving a Master's Degree in Communication with honors from the CELSA Sorbonne School, she worked 8 years in communication agencies in Paris for international companies. But something was missing…

In late 2011, searching more meaning in her life, she decided to leave everything behind and traveled 1 year around the world by herself, reconnecting to what she was truly interested in: the Other and The Elsewhere. She visited 13 countries in order to find inspiration and hope, taking pictures and writing about what she called  “encounters of hope”: social entrepreneurs, members or beneficiaries of associations and NGOs, simple citizen of the world, all of those changemakers fighting everyday for a more human land (Around the world : www.alice-vivian.com ). 

Back in Paris in early 2013, she continued explorations and joined the Institute for Desirable Futures, a non-profit organization whose mission is to think, inspire and collectively build a more positive Future. After an intellectual journey exploring Futures and social innovation, creating a Travel Blog on the Future for the IDF, she joined the team as Head of Communication, animating a network of changemakers and “positive conspirators”.

Member and co-founder of the Travel4Change network, she gives conferences and spreads the words on what she call the essential purpose of Traveling : a powerful lever for change, both on a personal and more global scale. " Taking risks, stepping outside your confort zone to discover yourself, developing adaptability and empathy, opening to the world and the Others, understanding our universal bond : all these changes in our behavior are the first step to reducing fatalism and our fears towards the Other and towards the Future.  "

Her subjects of exploration : TRAVELING, EMPOWERMENT and OPTIMISM as triggers for social changes. Her main concerns: showing that our diversity is our strength and that recognizing our universal bonds is what will reconnect us to our own humanity.

Discover all her world portraits and articles on "Around the World"  http://www.alice-vivian.com

@alicevivian2