A new exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery by artist James Webb is called Prayer. The installation is an ongoing project that began in Cape Town South Africa in 2000. The 10th version currently at the Winnipeg Art Gallery was created in the city of Chicago. The exhibit consists of dozens and dozens of recordings of prayers spoken by people of many different religious affiliations. There are prayers said by Catholics, Lutherans, Occultists, Episcopalians, Hindus, Bahai, Presbyterians, Mormons and Methodists. There are prayers spoken in Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues, Muslim mosques and evangelical churches.
Visitors can take off their shoes and walk down the red carpet listening to the prayers arising from all the different speakers or they can sit down in front of one speaker and listen to the variety of prayers emanating from it.
James Webb is a musician and visual artist from South Africa and has a degree in comparative religions. As he moves his project to one city after another Webb creates a collaborative community of people from many different faiths and provides a sort of spiritual and religious landscape of that city. As I experienced the Chicago version of Prayer I thought how interesting it would be to create a similar installation with people from the city of Winnipeg.
Prayer will be in Winnipeg till May. Be sure to stop in and experience it on your next visit to the Winnipeg Art Gallery.