From 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm
ARTHUR M. GLICK JCC 6701 Hoover Rd Indianapolis, IN 46260
Centre for Interfaith Cooperation / Indy JCC 317-251-9467
In “Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory” Laurie Wohl interweaves Christian, Jewish, and Muslim poetry and spiritual texts from the period of the Convivencia in Spain and from contemporary Middle Eastern poets in the context of fiber art work. Ms. Wohl emphasizes the striking parallels between Arabic and Hebrew texts, both rich in the poetry of spiritual love, with common themes of exile, nostalgia for Andalusia, mistrust of enemies, and yearning for reconciliation. The catalyst for “Birds of Longing” was the shocking events of September 11, 2001. In the years after September 11th, as many Muslims were demonized, she felt the urgent necessity as an artist to contribute to a better understanding among Christians, Jews and Muslims. As the situation in the Middle East spirals downward, and xenophobia is encouraged in our own country, Ms. Wohl believes it is all the more important to encourage continuing interfaith/multicultural conversation.