Exhibit #18: WORD. Elana Mann and James Griffith
Elana Mann is an artist who explores the power of the collective voice and the act of listening through sculpture, sound, and community engagement.
The Foyer Gallery features the second iteration of Elana Mann's collaborative, performative work recently unveiled at Human Resources in Chinatown. The sculptural objects take the form of rattles, noisemakers, casts of hands turned into trumpets... a collection of tools designed for protest and ready for future deployment. They line the sweeping curved walls of the transitory space between the outside world and inner sanctuary, creating a dialogue with the Mid-century modern architecture of local architect John Galbraith, circa 1967, and the over 100 year old pipe organ in the balcony. Originating in the oral / aural tradition of her Jewish heritage, Elana Mann's work is a bridge that connects current struggles for human rights and female bodily autonomy with forgotten or suppressed aspects of the religious imagination.
Elana's work can be found at www.elanamann.com
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox