• March 4, 2017
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • CIIS Main Building
    Desai Matta Gallery
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 03/04/2017 6:00 pm 03/04/2017 8:00 pm America/Los_Angeles House A 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 false MM/DD/YYYY


In conjunction with the exhibition, Un | Moored: Oscillations and Migrations, The Arts and MFA Programs welcome Bay Area poet Jennifer S. Cheng, who will be reading from her new collection of poetry, House A. Following the reading, Cheng will be in conversation with poet, cognitive scientist, and MFA faculty member Pireeni Sundaralingam. 

Claudia Rankine writes of House A:
Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A is an exquisite exploration of the ability of diasporic longing to live within a continuous and full life. These tender epistolary prose poems embody the constant sense of dislocation for the immigrant, while redefining affiliation nonetheless...Not since Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family and Calvino’s Invisible Cities have I encountered such attention to the construction of love and love’s capacity to transform unimagined locations.

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. 

Additional Programs

Opening reception and conversation with Hellen Gaudence and Leigh Raiford

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Tea Talk

Afternoon conversations over tea with Deirdre Visser, Curator of the Arts

Tuesday, February 14 & Tuesday, March 1, 2017


Image: Ian van Coller, The Last Glacier

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