"This is the healing of art: to see one's isolated suffering transformed into a tale of hope; to see private tragedy transformed into public urgency . . ."
-Suzanne Lacy, noted artist, author and Chair of the Otis Graduate Public Practice program.
For this reason, supporters, community leaders and celebrities have enthusiastically joined with the survivors in contributing to the project's culminating exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center where Abeles deftly weaves together survivors' potent words with the hundreds of pearls they made in the workshops to open a significant social dialogue. You too can be a part of this extraordinary project by creating your own pearl of wisdom and adding it to our community blog: createpearls.awbw.org
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The entire Pearls project is documented with a handsome, full-color 100 page catalog that includes Abeles' poignant “Handbook for Living,” a succinct compilation of the unique artworks and cogent advice offered by the survivors as public lessons of courage and strength. Also in the catalog are important essays on art and activism by Suzanne Lacy, Barbara T. Smith, Kim Abeles and Cathy Salser, AWBW's founding artist, and community activists and long time AWBW supporters, Suvan Geer and Sandra Mueller, who served as Project Chair. Catalog is available for purchase through our website.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Kim Abeles is the community artist partner. Her art crosses disciplines often focusing on the nearly invisible lives embedded within big social issues. She has quite accurately been described as “one of the most acute observers of the state of our region's body and soul.” by Artscene’s Orville O. Clarke. Abeles' installations and art objects explore and map the urban environment and chronicle broad social issues. She is a domestic violence survivor and internationally respected for her large-scale collaborative installations.
The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles (KCCLA) is a supporting partner of the Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence project. KCCLA is the largest facility outside of Korea providing insights into the rich cultural heritage of Korea through sponsored events, films and educational programs.
is also supported
by generous individuals as well as a Creative Connections Fund grant from The James Irvine Foundation
with added support from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, the Durfee Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Target, the Women's Foundation of California.
Added contributions to support traveling the Pearls of Wisdom
exhibition and the ongoing work of A Window Between Worlds are welcome and appreciated.