Lexi Strauss
1000 Foundlings Find Their Mothers
2015
paintings, choral music, dialogue and animated projection
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‘1000 Foundlings Find their Mothers’, was a well documented, influential, post-industrial, pre-enlightenment movement led by scores of the socially abandoned who took laughter as their mother. A popular charter presented to the house was later dismissed on the grounds that no concrete evidence yet existed for the movement's social efficiency.

Dimly lit paintings hangs to correspond with their animated projections within a darkened space. Gradually glowing with light, they breath, sing, interact and tell stories. The choral arrangement of a traditional Sephardic lullaby (sung by Kate Bush and Heidegger on their carousel ride, with various other odd couples/ groups) was created in collaboration with composer Teresa Chung.

English translation of lullaby-
‘Sleep my dear little son, sleep without worry or pain. You will come out of your swaddling clothes and you will go to school. My dear little son, you will learn your ABC. You will leave the school and you will go to the square. Yai, my dear little son, you will learn to be a merchant. You will leave the square you will go on to further study. Yai, my dear little son then you will be the best’.