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Monday, May 27, 2024": Corita serigraphs in a Venice Womens' prison. Vibrant wonder for the soul!

Monday, May 27, 2024

Corita in an Italian Women's prison: A reflection sent with love by Sandy

I love you; BALANCE; UNEASY 

What is real, asked the rabbit one day when they were lying side by side. Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stickout handle. Real isn't how you're made said the Skin Horse. It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become real. Does it hurt? asked the Rabbit. Sometimes, said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. When you are Real you don't mind being hurt. Does it happen all at once, like being wound up or bit by bit. It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off and your eyes drop out and you get loose at the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.

Title life-new life Year 1966

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life new life new life new life new life new life


The Holy See Pavilion, located at the Casa di Reclusione Femminile—an active women's prison on Venice's Giudecca Island—opened last. Part of the 60th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the pavilion, titled "With My Eyes," was appointed by Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, Commissioner and Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education of the Vatican, and is curated by Chiara Parisi and Bruno Racine.


Corita’s vibrant serigraphs fill the walls of the cafeteria with messages of hope and love. More than twenty of her artworks, - including pieces such as  life-new life, stop the bombing, and yes people like us - encourage guests to break bread, exchange ideas, and read from a selection of books.

Focused on the theme of human rights, the pavilion includes internationally acclaimed artists Maurizio Cattelan, Bintou Dembélé, Simone Fattal, Claire Fontaine, Sonia Gomes, Marco Perego & Zoe Saldaña, and Claire Tabouret, with a public program presented by Hans Ulrich Obrist.


The artworks will remain on display until November 27, 2024, allowing the staff of Corita Art Center to continue its commitment to care and creation with the women onsite beyond the opening week. Stay tuned as we share highlights of these collaborations in the coming months.

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I am in Vietnam--who will console me?

I am terrified of bombs, of cold wet leaves and bamboo splinters in my feet, of a bullet cracking through the trees, across the world, killing me--there is a bullet in my brain, behind my eyes, so that all I see is pain I am in vietnam--who will console me? from the sixoclock news, from the headlines lurking on the street, between the angry love songs on the radio, from the frightened hawks and angry doves I meet a war I will not fight is killing me--I am in vietnam, who will console me?


Stop the Bombing



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