Revisiting susan c. dessel’s work, “OUR BACKYARD: A Cautionary Tale”
This installation, first exhibited in Brooklyn (2006), reflected what we in the U.S. were reading about/seeing in/on the media daily. Carnage and death that too many thought of as only happening across the seas. Fast forward to today, 2020, and death is our shared reality.
2019 2020 Yiddish New York. Utopia: Visions and Tradition
“Visual artists grapple with questions of what would constitute
and/or create a ‘Heaven on Earth’, the longing for an ideal society, where all people are treated with respect, all of their needs
are met and we see an end to war and fear – a Utopia”
November 2018 - January 2019
The Time for Home ExhibitRESISTANCE Exhibit at CITY LORE Gallery. Resistance… a word with urgent relevance to events past and present. What defines resistance? As the dictionary defines it:
1) the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.
2) the ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely.
The curators asked: Is resistance always in reaction to events or ideas? Is it always in opposition? What are expressions of resistance in daily life or under extreme circumstances? How do artists transform this concept into concrete form?
The curators of RESISTANCE ! hoped that the work in the exhibition inspired viewers to think about what they might do to motivate themselves to RESIST something negative that has worked its way into their hearts and minds.
Curated by Haifa Bint-Kadi and sponsored by the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, the work in this group exhibit presented the artists’ perspectives on building bridges and fighting hate, negative stereotyping and prejudice.
Among the work exhibited was Artist susan c. dessel’s Installation PIECES OF PEACE: thirty-six hand carved Olivewood pieces with handwritten excerpts from the Oslo Peace Accords.