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As the new year of 2020 dawned, we were all looking for things to change for the better. The political climate of the past few years brought us divisive and disturbing news nearly every day, inequalities in our society were broadening, warnings about climate change went from predictions to reality before our eyes. Then the pandemic hit.
As people were safely sheltering at home, a truth came to light that some were privileged enough to previously ignore - some of us are not safe, even in our own homes. Racial injustice, domestic abuse, polarizing political beliefs, and changes in the climate have continued to plague our world. In this year of 2020, there is no place to go to escape these realities. We have been grounded...paused... forced to reckon with ourselves.
In our isolation, it has become clear to many of us how connected we really are, and how we will need each other to make the change we seek. As artists, we turn to the arts to help us make sense of all that we are witnessing and experiencing, to teach us things we do not know, and to remind us of what we do know, but cannot put into words easily.
With this exhibit we hope to create a place to approach the charged topics of People, Politics, and Planet, in all their complexity and interconnectedness. This is a conversation that we need to have with each other and with ourselves.
How can the arts move people to shape policies in their state, their country, the planet? How are politics helping or hurting us as we work toward goals? How will we build on the promise of a United States of America and safeguard our democracy for the future?
Sometimes art can be a starting point for difficult conversations, and it is our hope that this exhibit will show you something that makes you think, or something that you recognize, as we recognize our common humanity even as we acknowledge our different experiences.
#2020PPPwestport to continue the conversation.
Many thanks to all the amazing artists who submitted work for this exhibit. Space prohibited us from installing all of their work at 23 Jesup Road, but much of it can be seen on this website, 2020PPPwestport.com.
Jurors Jahmane and Rene Soto were instrumental in selecting the works for the gallery, creating a dynamic show. We thank them for their vision and their inclusiveness in working with us.
Finally, we thank the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, The Artists Collective of Westport, WIN Properties for their support and their sponsorship, and The Westport Library for partnering with us on creating events and gathering resources.
This event is free of charge.
Thursdays: 2 - 8 PM
Friday - Sunday: 12 - 6 PM
|Sun, 11/29/2020||12:00 pm||6:00 pm|
|Mon, 11/30/2020||2:00 pm||8:00 pm|
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