Exhibited for the first time at Temple Israel, Wynberg, 7 days (creation) is a collaboration by artist Kathy Ackerman Robins, Rabbi Greg Alexander, Carol Hoffmeyer (Founder of the Keiskamma Art Project), Cathy Stanley (coordinator between Keiskamma and Robins) and the Keiskamma Art Project embroiderers.
The seven-day Judaic Creation myth constitutes a historical and theological jumping-off point for 7 days (creation), a collaborative project that considers pressing contemporary crises, most notably the social and environmental impact of climate change and the universal urgency this crisis requires. In its materiality and form, 7 days (creation) is intended to prompt a reflection on human questions of home, transience, creation and connectedness, that transcend social, religious, economic and other divisions. The seventh fabric, namely the day of rest, is the visual manifestation of sound waves of the core prayers of three major religions: Judaism (The Shema), Islam (Adhan - The Call to Prayer) and Christianity (The Lord’s Prayer). As the final work on show, this interfaith piece whispers of the unifying, healing potential of tolerance and compassion across boundaries.
APPEAL FOR SUPPORT: THE KEISKAMMA ART PROJECT
The Keiskamma Art Project in the village of Hamburg, Eastern Cape, has been the voice piece for the vulnerable communities living alongside the Keiskamma River for twenty years now.
COVID-19 has wounded our landscape and threatens the critical livelihoods that as an Art Project, we have been able to provide. In the past few weeks, in our villages, not only has informal work been impossible, hunger has escalated, with no breadwinners able to earn a small, but vital income. Local government is overwhelmed by the crisis and even food, a basic human right, is not reaching remote locations such as Hamburg.
Our response to COVID-19 is not about struggle, but resilience. We are asking you to join with us in creating a monumental artwork in response to this crisis that provides a livelihood for 55 breadwinners, per month, for six months. Our total fundraising goal is R465,000. If you would like to learn more and help us meet our goal please visit our Backabuddy campaign.