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"Memento Mori" Group show at LIPA Gallery Opening Reception May 24, Fri, 5-9pm

"Memento Mori," Group show at LIPA Gallery, 160 E. Illinois St. (1/2 block east of Michigan Ave and 1 block south of Grand). Opening Reception with the Artists: Friday, May 24, 5 to 9 pm. Press preview: May 23, Thursday, 1 to 5 pm.

LIPA Links for International Promotion of the Arts presents:

MEMENTO MORI, Group show with:

Erika Marija Bajuk installation
Mark Genrich light installation
Kemal Hadzic photography
Jackie Kazarian mixed media
Jin Soo Kim painting, mixed media
Barbara Koenen mixed media
Margaret Lanterman sculpture
Arthur Lerner painting
Bert Menco printmaking
Nancy Plotkin painting
M. Jordan Tierney mixed media

Exhibit opened on May 10, 2002 and runs through July 14, 2002

RECEPTION WITH THE ARTISTS: MAY 24, FRIDAY, 5 to 9 PM

PRESS PREVIEW: MAY 23, THURSDAY, 1 to 5 PM

LIPA Gallery
160 East Illinois Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
(1/2 block east of Michigan Avenue and 1 block south of Grand)

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 12 - 6 pm
Saturday 12 - 5 pm

"Memento Mori" is a Latin phrase that evokes both the natural passage through life to death and the act of remembering the mortality of each of us. In Memento Mori, eight artists offer personal reflections on the genocide of Armenians, Jews, Cambodians, and Bosnian Muslims during the last century.

The art works form a kind of sensory testimonial, triggering historical memory and a collective awareness of our losses and limitations.

When Hitler began his genocidal campaign, he was confident that the rest of the world would not stop him. His words "who remembers the Armenians?" correctly projected that the Third Reich could undertake limitless carnage against the Jewish people, and the world would not stop it.

"Never again," was the refrain that captured peoples' sense of individual responsibility in the aftermath of the Holocaust. But, as genocide happened again and again throughout the 20th century, it became clear that "never again" meant "never again would Germans kill Jews in Europe in the 1940s."* Genocide continued throughout the world, including Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. The grim reality is that we are willing to accept genocide and are reluctant to devote military, diplomatic and economic pressure to stop it.

*(NYRB, Genocide and America, March 14, 2002, page 14)
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LIPA was originally created in 1997 in Washington DC with the "Artists for Peace" program, which sought to bring greater public attention to the tragic war in former Yugoslavia, and since then has presented scores of exhibitions, lectures and performances.

"Lipa" is the Slavic word for the "linden tree," the traditional gathering place for important events and celebrations, a place for harmony and togetherness.

This exhibit has been partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council

For more information, call 312-329-0812, email info (at) lipaart.org or visit www.LipaArt.org
 
 

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