Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory

Birds of Longing, a collection of distinctive fiber art pieces by Laurie Wohl, emphasizes commonalities among the spiritual texts and poetry of the three Abrahamic religions. Wohl’s unique Unweavings interweave Jewish, Muslim, and Christian texts from the medieval period of the Convivencia in Spain with those of contemporary Middle Eastern poets, particularly Palestinian, Syrian, and Israeli. Themes of spiritual love, justice, memory, exile, mistrust of enemies, and yearning for reconciliation recur throughout Birds of Longing, stimulating thought about the shared emotional, aesthetic, thematic, and spiritual content of these traditions.

The physical exhibition was originally displayed at the Poetry Center in spring 2020.


Unweaving fiber art by Laurie Wohl