February 11, 2017
- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
CIIS Main Building
Desai | Matta Gallery
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
In conjunction with the exhibition, Un | Moored: Oscillations and Migrations, The Arts at CIIS is delighted to host UC Berkeley historian and scholar Leigh Raiford in conversation with artist Hellen Gaudence. They will be exploring Gaudence's images, which pair portraits of African immigrants to the American Southwest with "portraits" of the landscape of Tanzania, the artist's homeland. How can we think about representation of the African diaspora through the figure and the land?
Exhibition extended through March 21, 2017
On view in the Desai | Matta Gallery at CIIS
featuring the work of:
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.