The Anti-Defamation League, an organization that aims to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and secure justice and fair treatment to all peoples, is celebrating its 100th year. On November 17th, the organization hosted Artworks ADL, an art auction and exhibit highlighting themes of injustice, hate, and intolerance. Post-Soviet Graffiti Director Alexis Zimberg was invited to participate and submitted a piece on the topic of LGBT rights.
Below is a short Q&A with Zimberg on her piece, the ADL’s mission, and the importance of art in the fight against hate. But first, know that Yoko Ono gave the Anti-Defamation League rights to John Lennon’s “Imagine” for the entire year in celebration of their 100th anniversary. Check out their interpretation of the song in this beautiful music video:
ADL: What does ADL’s Centennial theme Imagine a World Without Hate ™ mean to you?
Zimberg: While social injustice and oppression of man continue, our civilization cannot know peace. It is our duty to do what we can to counter hate. So often the answer is simplified: fight the bad guys. But it’s not that easy. We also have to prop up messages and messengers of tolerance. Imagining a world without hate is just that… designing and perfecting a collective worldview that delegitimizes, disarms, and disempowers the intolerant. I imagine a world where we commit to that which we imagined by accepting the social obligation to protect one another from avoidable harm.