The Diversity of Devotion project, curated and developed by Jenny Jozwiak, began as a community based photo-documentary competition conceived in response to global religious tensions that intensified in the wake of the September 11th attacks. The 40-image inaugural exhibit at the Safe-T-Gallery in DUMBO was produced under the auspices of the Positive Focus Photography Collective, and featured the top winning entries selected by a panel of professionals in the curatorial, publishing and photography fields:
Curator of Photographs, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
Picture Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
Award winning Magnum Photojournalist and Clinical Professor of Photojournalism
at the University of Texas at Austin
Egyptian-born Culture and Travel Photographer and Lecturer
Editor / Publisher SHOTS Magazine
The exhibit has expanded to include 65 images, from 36 photographers, depicting 27 spiritual and religious beliefs. These encompass familiar religions, as well as lesser-known beliefs, such as: Voodou, Zoroastrianism, Sikh, Falun Gong, Wicca, Santeria and Rastafari. A majority of the images feature people praying, practicing, singing, and meditating alone and in groups, in churches, mosques and temples, as well as spaces of their own creation. The project’s goal is to remind both artists and audiences how fortunate we are to live in a city where myriad beliefs coexist in peace, and celebrate the unique and beautiful found within each.
The year 2008 celebrates the 350-year anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance -- a document asserting freedom of conscience and religious tolerance in New York City.
The Central Brooklyn Public Library is currently hosting "Diversity of Devotion" in the Grand Lobby, from January 15 – April 19, 2008. We are expecting over 120,000 visitors to view the exhibit during its tenure.