Opening Thursday, September 19th
Works by Elena Soterakis
Opening November 8th
Artifacts of Place
November 8, through December 15, 2019
Curated by Isabelle Garbani
What is place? What is nationality? Why do we define our identity with the country where we happen to be born? Why does a culture which we accidentally inherit, with its arbitrary sets of conventions and etiquette, become such an important part of who we are, to the point of drawing impenetrable borders, keeping “the others” away?
This exhibit looks at how artists celebrate, evaluate, and use their cultural heritage in their visual language, and examines how place and experience can shape cultural identity.
Women artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and the US were selected not only because their work deals with cultural issues, but also because of where they currently live: some live and work in the Middle East, others are part of the diaspora, some are second generation children of immigrants, living in America.
This exhibit explores how perceptions of culture can change through immigration, and how that experience can influence artistic choices. More importantly, the show is a celebration of culture, differences, and the arbitrariness of it all.