Abraham: Out of One, Many - an artistic exploration
"ABRAHAM: Out of One, Many”
An artistic exploration on living harmoniously featuring three celebrated Middle Eastern artists.
A unique opportunity is coming to Lander to share interfaith relationships. Some of you may remember the CARAVAN: “The BRIDGE” interfaith program from 2016.
The Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming will soon have the opportunity of hosting "ABRAHAM: Out of One, Many,” a timely artistic initiative curated by CARAVAN that focuses on what we can learn from Abraham’s story about living together more harmoniously. This strategic exhibition looks at what Abraham, a historical spiritual figure of distinct significance within the three primary monotheistic faith traditions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, whose followers are all referred to as “children of Abraham,” can teach us about embracing the “other” and welcoming the “stranger.”
For this exhibition, three celebrated Middle Eastern contemporary visual artists from the faith traditions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism have each created five paintings that interpret Abraham’s life and faith journey for us today, serving as a guide toward creating cultures of peace, harmony, justice and healing – all as descendants of a shared heritage. What can Abraham teach us today toward freeing our world from sectarian strife? That is the question this unique exhibition attempts to answer.
The exhibition premiered in Rome, Italy in the spring of 2019, and was then showcased in Paris, France and Edinburgh, Scotland over the summer of 2019. In the fall of 2019 the exhibition began touring the USA through 2021. In Wyoming, ABRAHAM: Out of One, Many will be exhibited in three cities – Rock Springs, Laramie and Lander – between March 20 – May 28, 2021. Our churches in these three cities will be hosting the exhibition.
The Covid-19 pandemic has unmasked longstanding racism in the country. The exhibition fits perfectly into addressing the growing incidents of racism, prejudice and discrimination related to color, faith, culture, race, ethnicity, etc.