• February 3 - March 17, 2017
  • CIIS Main Building
    Desai Matta Gallery
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 02/03/2017 03/17/2017 America/Los_Angeles Un | Moored: Oscillations and Migrations Together the artists in Un | Moored explore the complex poetics and politics of contemporary migration, whether forced or chosen. CIIS Main Building
Desai Matta Gallery
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Deirdre Visser, Curator of The Arts at CIIS arts@ciis.edu true MM/DD/YYYY

Free and Open to the Public

About the Exhibit

The artists in Un | Moored explore the complex poetics and politics of contemporary migration. Tanzanian artist Hellen Gaudence pairs large format portraits of African immigrants who make a home in the American Southwest, with Tanzanian landscapes that collectively denote the artist's homeland. Poet and visual artist Deborah Jack, a native of St. Maarten, explores the memory of-and longing for-home through the recorded oscillations of ocean waves, or a tremulous walk through the familiar landscape of the island. Bayeté Ross Smith's Passing series addresses the politics of contemporary migration, and the intersection of ethnicity, skin tone, and national origin, and the power and privilege that accrues to certain identities over others.

To travel assumes the privilege of return, of going home. Migration by contrast suggests the building of a new home, and whether forced or chosen, the threads of displacement and diasporic longing are woven throughout its architecture. 

Exhibition Programs

  • Opening reception and conversation with Hellen Gaudence: February 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • Tea Talk w/ Curator of the Arts, Deirdre Visser: February 14 and March 7, 2017, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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