28 Jul - 22 Sep 2019
Gallery at Glen Carlou, Paarl
Group show of self-portraits featuring multiple South African artists.
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 soundwaves 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.