What do we talk about when we talk about freedom?
The stunning events of the past decade – September 11th, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and political and social transformation in the Middle East – compel each of us to contemplate our own interpretations of personal and public freedoms. In these instances, the meaning of freedom has been explored through a variety of lenses, including through cultural, economic, and political perspectives.
For each member of our human family, one’s understanding of freedom is represented through the unique symbols, stories, and traditions passed down through their native countries, religions, and family and friends. The Jewish vision of freedom arises from the experience of the Israelite slaves in Egypt, reenacted every year at the Passover seder. The Haggadah, which serves as the script for the Passover seder, invites improvisation around 15 actions and various ‘props’ to retell the story of the exodus of the Israelites from slavery to freedom.
The Museum of Imajewnation invites artists, musicians, and poets to engage in a conversation about freedom in the Jewish experience that will be featured in the Museum of Imajewnation’s Haggadah 5773/2013 Freedom Exhibit (scheduled for May 2013) and a published Haggadah (late 2013).
With the Haggadah as the starting point, the Museum is looking for performance artworks that illustrate Jewish aspirations for freedom, merging old songs, poems, and short stories with new ones. The Museum is also looking to create the setting for the Exhibit by showcasing artworks inspired by ritual objects from the seder table as well as photographs of everyday “freedom moments.” The ultimate goals of this pilot project are to promote the valuable and unique insights of artists in our community and to engage in a broader discussion about the language, sounds, and symbols of freedom.
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Download the Application Here.