Stepping Into Silence

Thursday, October 20, 2016–Monday, November 7, 2016

The Gallery at the Sheen Center

Exhibition Opening, Thursday, October 20 at 5:30pm

More Partnerships catalyzes conversation around important issues of faith, hope, love and family with this new, powerful and experiential exhibit. Touching on themes of theodicy, suffering, and persecution, Stepping Into Silence highlights an often times overlooked period of history with an aesthetic that reflects reverence and simplicity as well as historical and cultural accuracy.

After Christianity was made illegal in Japan in the mid 17th century, many Christians and missionaries were persecuted for their faith and forced to apostasize or otherwise face death. Silence, a best selling novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo, is based on this important yet forgotten perilous era. Inspired by the novel and the psychological and spiritual struggles of Christians in the region during that time,
the Stepping Into Silence exhibit will feature 14 items and be set up in the style of a prayer walk or prayer labyrinth. Participants are invited to start at station #1 and be guided through their transmedia journey of Silence by contemporary art pieces, historical artifacts and multimedia pieces (video/audio) related to the themes of Endo’s novel as well as events of 17th century Japan. The exhibit seeks to contextualize the story of Silence as well as give viewers a sense of what it was like to follow Christ when it was illegal to do so in Japan.

Silence is being made into a motion picture directed by renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese set for release in December 2016.

For more information about the exhibit see the page at Wheaton College


More Partnerships worked alongside Japanese artist, writer, and speaker Mako Fujimura to craft this exhibit. Mako was recently appointed Director of Fuller Seminary’s Brehm Center and is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. He wrote his own companion book to Endo’s Silence which is Silence and Beauty.

Additionally, Valerie Dillon, president of Dillon Gallery based in New York City, advised the production of this exhibit. She has decades of experience designing and curating fine art exhibits both domestically and internationally.