Visual arts: Public art along Ste-Catherine St. emphasizes the need for empathy

Empathy is a much-needed quality in a world in which fear of the “other” is used to divide and control us. So having empathy as the theme of the annual Aires Libres exhibition of public art along Ste-Catherine St. E. is timely and welcome.

Sympathy is about compassion, but empathy attempts to feel what the other person feels. “You project yourself onto another,” curator Aseman Sabet said in an interview.

So, how do the eight artists chosen by Sabet measure up to the theme?

John Pohl