Intersections: Exhibiting Together
An inter-faith artistic collaboration involving three women artists - Irene Barberis, Parastou Forouhar and Jane Logeman - each from a different faith, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
NARRATOR: In 2005, the Jewish Museum of Australia presented intersections. One exhibition that featured the work of three women artists. Irene Barberis, Australian and Christian, Parastou Forouhar, Iranian living in Germany, and Jane Logemann, an American Jew. This collaboration was a huge gesture of trust and collegiality, building bridges across cultural divides through their art work.
-Being here and in Australia, I thought the dialogue was fairly limited in this area. And it's very difficult to start up a dialogue. But I began just with the idea, and then asking whom I thought someone like Sol Lewitt , who could possibly know someone who was working in a mature way, with elements that came from a source, such as Judaism. The text, I didn't mind where it was from, and he gave me Jane's name, and Jane, you responded.
-It was a very exciting idea that I also thought. It was possible to have three different artists from three different continents, and three different cultural backgrounds. And we could collaborate, and we could put in individual works, and that it would work, in terms of text and dialogue. And definitely, I wanted to come to Australia, as well. I thought it was a new frontier for putting a very exciting show together.
-It was an interesting concept, but I have to say that for me, personally, it was very interesting to see myself, experience myself and my work in the context of a Jewish Museum. As a person coming from a Muslim country and working with visual elements very connected to the Islam visual world, I thought it will be very interesting to see how do people react? How do I feel, myself?
What is the reaction? So it was also a point that I wanted to have, and Pat encouraged me to take part in it.
JANE LOGEMANN: But the collaborative work works together and blends. It does balance off our individual work.
IRENE BARBERIS: It does.
JANE LOGEMANN: Or one echoes the other.
IRENE BARBERIS: Very much.
JANE LOGEMANN: Yeah. You could say that, in a sense, collaboration is difficult.
-Yes, of course. It is very difficult, in an artistic term, to have a collaborative piece.
-But I think in the end, it actually revealed each one of us separately.
And our artistic decisions, which is very interesting, because the processes that we revealed in the end were our real processes.
-See, I think the fabric as very flowing, almost eastern-like movement, with the twisting, and the turning in the movement of language.