On View: April 17 – July 11, 2021
DC collective theTwelve is pleased to announce the opening of its second gallery exhibition, Neighbor As Thyself, a group show exploring the relationships we have with one another, inspired by the ancient command to love thy neighbor as thyself.
Featuring the works of David R. Ibata, Craig Kraft, Rhema Jordan Labbe, and Serli Lala, this mixed media interactive experience will encourage visitors to engage and reflect on who we consider as our neighbor, and what it means to truly love my neighbor as myself.
“In furthering our exploration of interconnectedness, we asked each artist to directly correlate their own personal work with the idea of neighbor, particularly in this season of division and recent isolation. We accept this phrase and idea that we should love our neighbors just as we love ourselves, but what does that really mean in practical ways? How do we continue to expand on that and practice it in our own lives on a daily basis?,” says theTwelve co-creator, Lori Parkerson.
In the words of contributing artist Rhema Jordan Labbe for the show, “In setting an intention to love, give, and create lives that honor one another’s existence and the space we share, we find a remedy to division; a reason to celebrate our differences and observe our dualities.”
Neighbor As Thyself hopes to extract the notion that loving one’s neighbor is synonymous with loving one’s self; and community as being the antidote to ego.
The exhibition opens on Saturday, April 17 and will be open to the community every Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and every second Sunday of the month from 12pm to 4pm, until its closing on July 11, 2021.
theTwelve is a collective of 12 friends and creators, exploring the idea of what it means to truly be “all in this together.” Based in the Union Market District, theTwelve offers a year-long art, retail and gathering experiment centered around love, hope and unity through the lens of interconnectedness and sustainability. theTwelve is open every Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm, and every second Sunday of the month from 12pm to 4pm. To learn more about theTwelve, please visit www.thetwelvedc.com or follow @theTwelveDC on Instagram.
About the Union Market District
The Union Market District is a place where businesses of all sizes launch, scale and innovate; a place for creative minds and businesses to connect, thrive, discover and make D.C. their own. Located a short walk from the United States Capitol and NoMa/Gallaudet Metro station, the Union Market District is a 45-acre historic urban development where, at its core, sits the acclaimed food market, Union Market. Since opening in September 2012, Union Market has created its own thriving international community now averaging nearly 3 million visitors annually. With Michelin-recognized restaurants and retail concepts from both coasts, the District has hosted more than 500 pop-ups and events, attracting new concepts from YouTube Space to online retail powerhouse Everlane. A contemporary Latin American market, La Cosecha, opened in the District in September 2019 on 4th Street. For more information about the Union Market District, please visit www.unionmarketdc.com or follow @UnionMarketDC on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.