FOR FREEDOMS LANDS IN FOTOGRAFISKA WITH COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION
The artist-led organization For Freedoms presented Listen Until You Hear, an exhibition in Fotografiska New York featuring artworks by Hank Willis Thomas, Cassils, Maia Ruth Lee, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Eric Gottesman and Kameelah Janan Rasheed.
All from diverse backgrounds, these six artists collectively create an exploratory forum for visitors to consider the idea of “visual listening” a concept where it is asked to listen with ears, but to connect more deeply with the body and to be more aware of the relationship each visitor has with others.
Listen Until You Hear is an invitation to audiences to be present by approaching the photography, film, sculpture and performance on display, with curiosity and intentional awareness. Each of the exhibiting artists explore the idea of listening as healing with work that is deeply personal political, and imaginative through a variety of media. The artists’ use of representation is an inquiry into the unseen and unheard, and highlights how meaning and value are shaped by our ability to listen and hear others.
The exhibition explores how deeper forms of listening can lead to greater awareness and connection to ourselves and the world around us. The artists in this exhibition meditate on the complexity of life –visualizing themes including freedom, family, love, pain, survival and the future.
Established in 2016, For Freedoms is an artist-led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. For Freedoms works with artists and organizations to center the voices of artists in public discourse, expand on what participation in a democracy looks like, and reshape conversations about politics. In service of cultivating a culture that values awakening, justice, listening and healing, For Freedoms explores healing and listening in 2023 through art and collaboration.