Experimental musician and visual artist James Webb initiated Prayer in his home city of Cape Town five years after South Africa ended its practice of apartheid. The WAG presents the Chicago version of Prayer, the 10th and largest to date, and the first in North America. The work consists of recordings of prayer from individuals who belong to dozens of faiths and spiritual affinities.
To experience this sound installation, you’re invited to remove your footwear and walk the length of the carpet, composing your own arrangement of voices as you go, or to lower yourself next to a speaker to listen more closely to particular prayers. The spare though colourful installation has the austerity of a work of Minimal Art and the enveloping richness of a choral concert.