The MFA in Interdiscplinary Arts program at Goddard College is very pleased and honored to invite Mona Shiber as our guest artist for the winter residency, January 26-Feb. 2. Mona will offer daily workshops Monday, January 29 – Thursday February 1. Goddard Alumni are welcome to attend any of the workshops during residency. Two events are open to the public: Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 will be a public presentation of the Peace Birds Project and a dramatic reading of poetry and other texts; Thursday February 1, 3:00-6:00pm is the reception for the installation in the Hidden Gallery, Community Center at Goddard College. For Zoom links, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mona will offer several sessions throughout the week, including demonstrations of folding paper peace birds to contribute to an installation of The Peace Birds Project, concluding with a reception. The Peace Birds Project grew out of a shared desire of two artist friends to transform the pain of witnessing global actrocities. Our people come from lineages of occupation and struggle for sovereignty, from Palestine and from Taiwan. Both of our parents survived the post-World War II massacres in their respective nations. The project focuses on coming together in response to the immense loss of life, grief and devastation continuing over these past many months in Palestine/Israel, to make meaning out of hopelessness & to instill messages of peace within ourselves & our many communities.
Mona & JuPong started this project in November when the death toll in Gaza was 11,000. Since then the number continues to increase. We share our aim of communally folding 30,000+ birds for every life flown too soon. However, the ultimate “goal” of the project is to end war, to end genocide; to create spaces of authentic conversation, ceremony and love. South Africa’s historic case applying the Conventions of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide to Israel’s occupation of Palestine asks every individual to reckon with the public witnessing of the massacre of people and land in Gaza.
Cranes & doves have represented peace in many traditions. As with the origami tradition, we fold these paper birds as a focusing, quieting, mindful movement of hands, eyes & heart. We inscribe an intention or prayer for global well wishing into our birds.
We use paper printed with patterns from the traditional Palestinian keffiyeh, maps of pre-1948 Palestine and Jerusalem; and biblical texts referring to the dove as a symbol of peace. As everyone finds comfort with the folding, we invite stories of grief, survival, resilience, resistance, and peace-making. We invite each other to write our intentions of peace and healing onto the paper.
We are starting a movement; hundreds of people sharing in the folding of hundreds of thousands of birds. Will you join us in starting this movement in your own circles?
The installation will be on exhibit throughout the week and will remain in the Hidden Gallery for several other residencies.
TUESDAY • JANUARY 30, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Media Room, Community Center & Zoom
“The Peace Birds Project” with Guest Artist, Mona Shiber and collaborator, JuPong Lin
“Peace begins with me, an artist’s journey,” Mona Shiber’s artist talk will be woven into the presentation of the Peace Birds Project.
Mona’s statement: What can be said about us all, beyond identities of race, religion, nationality & ethnicity? To pursue this query, Mona began exploring that which animates spirit. Her work explores cross-cultural symbols, along with the development of human consciousness. The art is expressed in clay, paper, story, collaborations & installations.
THURSDAY • FEBRUARY 1 • 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Reception and Public Performance in the Hidden Gallery & Zoom.
Note for on-line participants: The Peace Birds Project webpage (www.juponglin.net/peacebirds) where an overview of the project lives, as well as a link to a Dropbox folder of patterns with which you can print your own paper. You can also email us to request a kit in the mail. We will take requests for kits until January 20.