Between 4 Freedoms
is a public artwork by the artist Shaun Leonardo showing at the Roosevelt Island
FDR Four Freedoms State Park
thru November 30.

According to the
Beyond 4 Freedoms website:

I want this to be a reinterpretation, not a rearticulation… What would the
most vulnerable communities living and breathing today, especially
considering the intersecting crises of the last year, say about the Four
Freedoms? Freedom of worship. Freedom of speech. Freedom from want. Freedom
from fear. Shaun Leonardo asks.

These images were generated through a series of workshops during which the
artist collaborated with participants to reinterpret the Four Freedoms
through the lens of their own lived experiences — engaging with the capacity
of hand gestures to convey their truths.

The accompanying animations offer you a window into this otherwise intimate
workshop process — giving you the opportunity to listen to different
participants contemplate their experiences of freedom, whether withheld,
barred, or actively stripped away.

The artist asks us to acknowledge that no true conversation on freedom may
take place without considering that we stand on the traditional, unceded
territory of the Lenape people, referred to as Minnehanonck.

More videos of the
Between Four Freedoms workshops here.

Here’s a panel discussion about Beyond 4 Freedoms including artist Shaun Leonardo at the FDR 4 Freedoms State Park moderated by Katrina vanden Heuvel.

Walk on down to the FDR 4 Freedoms State Park this weekend and take a look at the Beyond 4 Freedoms artwork.


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