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122 Conversations: person to person, art beyond borders
An artist led project, 122 Conversations is a culturally, socially engaged collaboration and exhibition traveling to the sister cities of Duluth, MN. Meeting face-to-face via skype video and in person with people of five countries, conversations are translated by artist Anne Labovitz into art pieces that speak of the urgency for understanding and compassion. The people from each city will add their responses as the show progresses toward its culminating venue at the Tweed Museum of Art.
         
  122 Conversations News.
In this issue, we'll update you on the recent interviews and conversations with Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan and Växjö, Sweden, upcoming events and more!

The Conversations Have Started!
Last month we began the conversations which will focus on the people and culture of each city. Starting on January 26, Anne conducted 10 interviews and discussions (via Skype at her St. Paul studio) with friends from Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan. Over the course of the next few days, she met with several residents from the area including the former mayor and his grandchildren. A special thank you to Michelle Obed for her tireless work to facilitate the meetings. We learned so much about people of all walks of life in of Rania. It was a heartwarming and engaging series of interviews. Thank you all so very much. Indeed a wonderful start, and amazing connections!

Rania via Skype - January 2015  


Earlier this month, Anne again conducted interviews and discussions with friends in Växjö, Sweden, including a live stream with Bo Frank, Mayor of Växjö. Click here for a delightful little discussion on the tools of the artist*. Thank you to Monica Sandberg for her help in coordinating the meetings! Again, we learned so much and are profoundly grateful for these opportunities to culturally connect and engage with our friends in Växjö. The connections are truly inspiring!

Växjö via Skype - February 2015

*Click here for the complete interview with Mayor Bo Frank.


What's Coming Up?

May 22, 2015. Thunder Bay, CA
We'll travel to Thunder Bay for in-person interviews and conversations. As of today, 10 interviews are scheduled.

July 3, 2015. Duluth, MN
We will engage in face-to-face interviews and conversations with Japan's Duluth Sister City delegation from Ohara-Isumi City who will be visiting then.

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Want To Be More Involved?
Are you interested in participating in the conversations and exchanges of 122 Conversations? Maybe you'd like to accompany us to Thunder Bay or be present in July at our event with friends from Japan. Contact us to find out more! There are additional opportunities to support this amazing project. Find out more here.

Did you know?
Each participant receives a "Certificate of Participation". Each certificate is made from a smaller part of a large painting by artist Anne Labovitz. The original 76 x 139 cm work was created for the project in Rania Iraqi Kurdistan.



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