122 Conversations: Person to Person | Art Beyond Borders, organized by Tweed Museum of Art and Artist Anne Labovitz
is an internationally traveling exhibition that reflects a five-year cultural, social engagement collaboration with Duluth
Sister Cities International (DSCI). The project focuses on the culture and people of Duluth’s Sister Cities. “122” honors
the total amount of years being celebrated between DSCI and its Sister Cities during the duration of the project, and
“Conversations” is inspired by relationships and interactions developed throughout the project. The artist conceived
of this project as a catalyst for positive social change one human being at time.
The artwork in the exhibition represents 60 Skype artist-led interviews involving ten residents from each of the six sister
cities, including the mayor of each city. The large-scale paintings were created by Labovitz in her studio and are inspired
by the spirited interview exchanges. The work chronicles the essence of human interaction—listening to each other and
responding—through palimpsest paintings and video created from the shared experiences. Integral to the project is a
participatory component where attendees are invited to add to a growing anthology of stories. People from each city
are invited to contribute their responses as the show progresses. These contributions then travel with the show as it
moves from each city onto its culminating venue at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, May, 2018.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website