Artist Anne Labovitz Takes On Sister Cities Exhibition

Video Interviews, Audio Used To Create Art

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There is growing excitement between one of Duluth’s most famous artists – Anne Labovitz – and Duluth’s Sister Cities International.

That’s because Labovitz is about to launch a two-year, one-of-a-kind exhibition featuring Duluth’s five Sister Cities – and it all starts with video, as FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports.

Labovitz, who was born and raised in Duluth and now resides in the Twin Cities, is known around the world as an American professional artist whose practice includes painting, drawing, and printmaking.

“I love the idea of understanding someone else’s culture,” Labovitz said.

But she’s now going bigger and deeper with video and audio before the magic hits the canvas.

“I’m pretty sure I’ve got like 50 hours of video plus the other file of 50 hours of audio. So it’s a lot,” Labovitz said with laughter.

Labovitz is working with Duluth Sister Cities International on a project called “122 Conversations.”
It’s honoring the 122 years of relationships between Duluth and its Sister Cities.

So far, Labovitz has interviewed and recorded 60 people from all five Sister Cities to discover the different cultures that can then be put on canvas for an exhibition that’ll travel to all five Sister Cities.

“So I have the experience and then I listen in the studio and actually scribe what people tell me. So whatever people tell me, I actually write into the canvas with paint,” Labovitz said.

It’s a modern twist to making art that’s bringing new life to Labovtiz’s craft while keeping her strong passion for people the driving force behind everything she does.

“It’s this wonderful convergence of my interest in the human spirit, and international cross cultural communication and the arts.”