Sonder: The Art of Empathy Through Eavesdropping, on display at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. An indoor and outdoor exhibition.
The word Sonder means, the profound realization that everyone, including strangers passing by on the street, has a life as vivid and complex as one’s own.
Have you ever considered the intricate nature of every person you encounter? This can occur when we witness a first date at a coffee shop or notice someone sobbing on the train. These intricacies constantly surround us: whether in the smiles of strangers or the pains of a passerby, the world is rife with human emotion, triumph, suffering, humor, and complexity.
Over the past two years, artist and educator Megan Altieri has gathered fragments of overheard conversations and hand-stamped them on articles of clothing matching those of the speaker. Sonder features these conversational moments, seeking to help us grasp the beautiful complexities of humanity by allowing a momentary escape from our own lens. In exchange for our perspective, we are offered a truer understanding of our identity as a dot among a sea of dots.
Credits: Works be Megan Altieri. Shot by Scott Meivogel