Blane De St. Croix
Isola e Norzi
Raqs Media Collective
Eric Van Hove
Lonnie van Brummelen
Siebren de Haan
Niels Van Tomme
The exhibition explores contemporary issues of migration and experiences of displacement and exile. It features work in diverse media by 19 internationally recognized artists and collectives. As such, the show allows multiple perspectives about its subject matter to unfold simultaneously, opening up a range of political, psychological, poetic, and pragmatic manifestations of the contemporary migrant experience. An accompanying film and video program will feature a series of screenings by a broad range of international filmmakers and video artists.
Curated by Niels Van Tomme, Director of Arts and Media at Provisions Learning Project in Washington, DC and organized with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, Where Do We Migrate To? explores contemporary issues of migration as well as experiences of displacement and exile. Situating the contemporary individual in a world of advanced globalization, the artworks address how a multiplicity of migratory encounters demand an increasingly complex understanding of the human condition. As such, the exhibition allows multiple perspectives about its subject matter to unfold simultaneously, opening up a range of political, psychological, poetic, and pragmatic manifestations of the contemporary migrant experience.
Where Do We Migrate To? features the work of nineteen internationally recognized artists and collectives, including: Acconci Studio, Svetlana Boym, Blane De St. Croix, Lara Dhondt, Brendan Fernandes, Claire Fontaine, Nicole Franchy, Andrea Geyer, Isola and Norzi, Kimsooja, Pedro Lasch, Adrian Piper, Raqs Media Collective, Société Réaliste, Julika Rudelius, Xaviera Simmons, Fereshteh Toosi, Philippe Vandenberg, and Eric Van Hove.
The title of the exhibition is inspired by Julika Rudelius’s video Where Do We Migrate To, 2005
A national tour is currently being organized through November 2013.
The Film Series
This film program, curated by Sonja Simonyi and presented in partnership with the Film and Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, presents a series of audiovisual materials, feature length fiction films, documentaries, as well as experimental videos. The selected films demonstrate the diverging ways in which networks of migration, experiences of displacement, and questions of belonging and rootlessness have been addressed by artist and filmmakers in recent years. While a selection of films engage with migratory practices as central to our understanding of the present-day self in increasingly globalized and multicultural settings, other works investigate the complex historical processes that frame these contemporary conditions. The program thus provides a rich sampling of ways in which the ongoing circulation of people across regions, nations and continents, is addressed and questioned from multiple political, social, cultural and historical perspectives in film and video art.
Filmmakers and video artists: Chantal Akerman, Herman Asselberghs, Ursula Biemann, Pavel Brailia, Oliver Husain, Isaac Julien, Tanja Ostojic, Egle Rakauskaite, Ben Russell, Ulirch Seidl, Usha Seejarim, Lonnie van Brummelen, and Siebren de Haan.
Where Do We Migrate To?
Contributions by Svetlana Boym, Amitava Kumar, Aaron Schuster, and Niels Van Tomme Published by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
Available from D.A.P | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Presentations by Pedro Lasch, Xaviera Simmons, and Niels Van Tomme
April 21, 2011, 4–6 pm
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
The exhibition and catalogue are made possible, in part, with the support of the Flemish Government through Flanders House New York.
Image: Grossraum (Borders of Europe), Lonnie Van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan, 2005, 35 minutes, 35mm, The Netherlands
Opening Program: Fortress Europe
Friday, March 18, 2011 Time: 6:00 p.m.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle Fine Arts Building 105 Baltimore, MD 21250
Admission to the exhibition and film program is free.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm