Locusts - Viewer's Plague
WHAT IS YOUR MODERN PLAGUE?
The images on this page were a one night "test" installation of Locusts - Viewer's Plague at Temple Ohev Shalom in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Participants were asked to write down what they thought was a plague of our time.
The responses varied. Some people wrote down personal plagues in their lives such as Multiple Sclerosis and Auto-Immune Disease, or Cystic Fibrosis. Other comments were influenced by the pending national election or global issues.
Discussion about the 10 Modern Plagues has itself initiated many profound conversations even if individuals are not familiar with the biblical plagues. These discussions have reinforced my intent and confidence that the visual metaphors will inspire thoughts & action.
Here is a list of the Modern Plagues from viewers on the first time is was shown: Extreme poverty and lack of education; Cancers; Sexual Abuse; Disregard for Chia (Mother Earth); Cell phones; Hunger; Political contention; Lack of potable water; Autism; hearing loss; Domestic Violence; Misogyny; ,Trump; Cystic Fibrosis; Antibiotic resistant bacteria; World out of Balance due to women being silenced, ridiculed, hidden and de-valued!; Dope addiction; Mental health; Graduation rates; Hunger; Politics and crazy candidate; Bipolar Disease; Heart disease; food, Diabetes; Apathy; Trump; Bullying! Common Core; cancer' Bullying; Domestic Violence; Auto-immune disease like M.S.!; Genetic disorders; Donald Trump x 2 x 3; Being judgmental, not respecting others' opinions; Treatment of the poor, the disenfranchised and the disabled veterans; mental health, PTSD; Overuse of technology vs. person to person connections; Mean people!; politics!; terrorists.
Note: This was first displayed in October 2016 right before the 2016 National U.S. Election. Politics and trumps were a heated topic.
Close - up of viewer's comments about what they think is a "modern plague."
For future exhibitions I plan to create a tablet of paper in the shape of the Hebrew letters that will look exactly like what you see here. As the letters are covered with people's comments, you will be able to remove a sheet of paper which can then be posted in a hallway, or conversation area to provoke further thoughts and discussion.
While I have given a great deal of thought and planning into my 10 Modern Plagues, there is no one answer.