Birds of Longing, Exile & Memory: Works by Laurie Wohl

Sunday, September 1st 2013 to Tuesday, December 31st 2013

2011 CARe Grant recipient Laurie Wohl interwove Muslim, Jewish and Christian poetry and spiritual texts from the period of the Convivencia in Spain (eighth through fifteenth centuries) with contemporary Middle Eastern poets, particularly Palestinian and Israeli. Her exhibition presented common themes and striking parallels between Arabic and Hebrew texts—similarly rich in poetry of spiritual love, extensive poetry of exile, and poetry of nostalgia for Andalusia.

An audio component was integral to the project, consisting of English, Arabic, and Hebrew readings of poems and spiritual texts contained in the work.