Sunday, September 14, 2014

Highly recommended: Mothers whose children are taken away in video installation at Meadows Museum, Centenary College, Shreveport

"Relaying: Testimonies on Motherhood Lost" by Israeli multidisciplinary artist Mali De-Kalo, is on view at Meadows Museum from Sat, Sept 13, through Sat, Oct 25, says Lisa Nicoletti.

This video installation, curated by Nella Magen Cassouto, gives voice to Middle Eastern mothers who have lost their children due to events such as separation, divorce, religious disputes, or interpersonal conflict. Eight women, projected at life size, read the mothers’ testimonies (in English, Arabic, and Hebrew) and express pain, shame, confusion, and anger at being stripped of their motherhood through the breakdown of the family unit.

On Monday, September 15, from 7-8 p.m., De-Kalo invites the public to her "Speech Brings Speech: The Momentum of Personal Stories on Motherhood" workshop. De-Kalo will talk about the role motherhood has in her own art, and ask the public, male and female alike, to share stories about their mothers or their roles mothering others.

On Tuesday, September 16, from 2:30-3:45 p.m., De-Kalo seeks community volunteers to be filmed reading the testimonies of Middle Eastern mothers who have lost their children, to help give these women a greater voice.

On Tuesday, September 23, from 7-8 p.m., Israeli curator Nella Magen Cassouto, professionally trained in conflict resolution and experienced in facilitating community healing through joint Palestinian-Israeli exhibits, will give a gallery talk about the changing focus of art photography in Israel.

Free and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. For more info or to schedule field trips: 318.869.5040.

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