The Shape of Play
The Shape of Play, a new public art installation by artist Sari Carel, commissioned by JArts and curated and produced by Now and There Inc, invites us to reflect on the connections between play and the universal search for freedom. An engaging multi-media work debuting in the North End, The Shape of Play invites people from across Boston to come, play, question, and explore what freedom means now and what it may look like in the future. Conceived in the pre-pandemic world, the project has taken on new importance in a city full of padlocked play spaces and calls us to break down the barriers to freedom our society has built.
*This art installation by Sari Carel, originally due to be installed in the spring of 2020, was postponed due to COVID. It will now be installed and viewable to the public in accordance with local and state public health guidelines, in the fall of 2020.
About the Artist
Sari Carel is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist based in New York. She works at the intersection of art, science, history, and community. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as New York’s Artists Space; Dumbo Arts Festival; Los Angeles’s LAX Art and Young Projects; and Israel’s Tel Aviv University Gallery and Haifa Museum of Art. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies, including AIR Vienna; the Socrates Sculpture Park Artist Fellowship and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency on Governors Island, New York. Recent exhibitions include Out of Thin Air, a public sound installation with community-driven workshops at City Hall Park in Manhattan and The A.I.R Gallery Biennial in Brooklyn.
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