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Emphatic Whispers. Group exhibition 2019
Empathy extends beyond sympathy andcompassion; it is the ability to relate to other humans on a plane where you imagine and understand their lived experience as if was your own. Humans are always in the process of “becoming” by learning new skills and fostering relationships, however, this exhibition considers whether exposure to certain artmaking practices can make us better, more caring people and aid us in relating to people outside of our immediate experience. This exhibition features the works of Stephen Allwright, Katherine Bull, Alka Dass, Jess Holdengarde, Claire Johnson, Strauss Louw, Sepideh Mehraban, Johno Mellish, Garth Meyer, Elsabé Milandri, Thandiwe Msebenzi, Gabrielle Raaff, Talia Ramkilawan, Amy Rusch, Shakil Solanki, Brett Charles Seiler and Marsi van de Heuvel. Emphatic Whispers nurtures a space for artmaking to create a shared experience. The works presented here, in their own ways, incite affective responses which can be considered empathetic. For an experience to be transformative, there needs to be a moment of magic. Of alchemy. This is what empathy is. Through the artistic process, audience imagination, and human connection, art can have transformative powers. Artists connect people and ideas across time and space and can be architects of change.
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