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Far Away from Where? - An Exhibition

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

In an old anecdote about two emigrants in Europe, one tells the other that he plans to migrate to Uruguay. He receives the surprised reaction of, “Oh, that’s far away!” The man responds: “Far away from where?”

This question gains new meaning now, as our cultural, political, and physical geographies proliferate with wounded places: sites of conflict; places marked by layers of turmoil; impromptu refuge locations that become permanent. Thus the show explores implications of a shifting and volatile experience in an era of physical displacement and digital connectivity.

The artists in this multi-media exhibition—from Armenia/Syria, Bulgaria, Lebanon, New York, and Poland —respond to the tensions of these wounded places, laying bare the contradictions between intimacy and longing on the one hand, and inarticulacy and an inability to know, on the other. They draw from the rich historic legacies of spaces, transforming them through the work and through the engagement with viewers. 

Featuring work by: Tymek Borowski, Yana Dimitrova, Elzbieta Janicka & Wojtek Wilczyk, Simona Prives, Jayce Salloum, Hrair Sarkissian, and Daniel Toretsky, with a site-specific project by Parsons students: Mackenzie Drummond (Integrated Design); James Hernandez (Photography); Larisa Karamchakova (Urban Design); and Damien Karan, (Photography).

Curated by: Malgorzata Bakalarz Duverger, doctoral candidate in sociology at the New School for Social Research and in collaboration with: Rami Saab, Anthony Cava, Ivy Lin, Rabia Ali, and Charles Margaritis.

Related programming:

March 2 — 6-8pm, artist talk: Hrair Sarkissian, followed by reception

March 3-4 — “Making Home in Wounded Places: Design, Memory, and the Spatial,” international symposium; keynote address: Lina Sergie Attar.

For more information on the project please visit the website www.woundedplaces.com.

 

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