The next and third installment of 122 Conversations will take place in Sweden next week. Labovitz will be in Växjö for the event at the Växjö Konsthall (Municipal Art Gallery). The Opening is March 4th. While there, Labovitz will lead workshops with students and connect with citizens at an official dinner celebrating 30 years as a Växjö-Duluth Sister City. The exhibition runs for 4 weeks. At right, Labovitz and Anders Franzén work, via Skype, on preparations for the installment and Opening in Växjö.
122 Conversations: Person to Person|Art Beyond Borders
by Anne Labovitz
122 Conversations: Person to Person | Art Beyond Borders, organized by Tweed Museum of Art and Artist Anne Labovitz is an internationally traveling exhibition that reflects a five-year cultural, social engagement collaboration with Duluth Sister Cities International (DSCI). The project focuses on the culture and people of Duluth’s Sister Cities. “122” honors the total amount of years being celebrated between DSCI and its Sister Cities during the duration of the project, and “Conversations” is inspired by relationships and interactions developed throughout the project. The artist conceived
of this project as a catalyst for positive social change one human being at time.
The artwork in the exhibition represents 60 Skype artist-led interviews involving ten residents from each of the six sister cities, including the mayor of each city. The large-scale paintings were created by Labovitz in her studio and are inspired by the spirited interview exchanges. The work chronicles the essence of human interaction—listening to each other and responding—through palimpsest paintings and video created from the shared experiences. Integral to the project is a participatory component where attendees are invited to add to a growing anthology of stories. People from each city are invited to contribute their responses as the show progresses. These contributions then travel with the show as it moves from each city onto its culminating venue at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, May, 2018.
“Throughout Labovitz’s career, Anne has demonstrated a growing interest in social-practice art. Now, she works
to establish an artist-subject relationship that is based on direct engagement in a way that reveals, through her art making, a process of shared discovery,” said Ken Bloom Director of Tweed Museum of Art.
Having commenced at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Canada (September 2105), the exhibit continues its international journey to the five sister cities of Duluth, MN. Currently exhibiting in Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan at the University of Raparin (January 16 – March 31, 2017), this exhibition will continue its travel to next to Växjö, Sweden at Växjö Konsthall (March 4 – April 1, 2017); Petrozavodsk, Russia at Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall (May 25 – June 17, 2017); and then to Ohara Isumi-City, Japan (January, 2018).
For more information, visit www.122Conversations.com, or the below links to recent news articles.
Duluth News tribune:
122 Conversations is made possible by many generous sponsors: Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth, Otis Magie Insurance, Security Jewelers, Duluth News Tribune, Visit Duluth, City of Rania Sister Cities Committee, and individual contributors.