Suspended draped figurative elements, floating hijabs, disembodied shoes, reaching hands, overflowing suitcases and sound recordings of immigrant stories greet visitors in the entrance gallery of Pelham Art Center's new exhibit, IN/FLUX/
The exhibit, which continues until Nov. 2nd, is a visual art exhibition of people in flux, or an influx of people. It brings together immigrant and first generation artistsand was curated by PAC Executive Director Charlotte Mouquin and Gallery Advisory Board Member Victoria Rolett.
Each artist responds to immigration stories throug his or her unique vantage point in a time of diverging world views. Challenging norms, these artists place an up-close lens on historical and present-day issues surrounding traversing the globe, including the travails of oppression betwixt borders. Utilizing a variety of art media, they reflect the complexity of immigrant experience through installation, sculpture, encaustic, photography, design, collage, and bio art.
Artists include Corina S. Alvarezdelugo (Venezuelan-American) , Selin Balci (Turkish), Nicky Enright (Ecuadorian-American), David Rios Ferreira (first generation Puerto Rican), Alejandra Hernandez (first generation Mexican), Jenny Polak (British), Omid Shekari (Iranian), Ruben Natal San Miguel (Puerto Rican), Natalia Nakazawa (first generation Uruguayan/Japanese American) and Victoria-Idongesit Udondian (Nigerian).
The exhibit at the entrance gallery of floating hijabs and disembodied shoes is titled "The Republic of Unknown Territory" and is a site specific installation by Victoria-Idongesit Udondian,
Other highlights of the exhibit include a woven tapestry by Natalia Nakazawa, Our Stories of Migration, (2017-present). From the series "Design for the Alien Within, The Media Center" by Jenny Polak is a fictional furniture piece that incorporates hiding places for people without immigration papers. There are accompanying assembly directions and audio elements.
Nicky Enright’s Globos are an invented currency combining elements of the legal tender of over twenty-five countries. Through the globo, Enright questions the role of money and presents a vision of global citizenship and world unity. Alejandra Hernandez’s window installation Homenaje is informed by her Mexican-American cultural identity. The piece combines found materials including a lawn mower and receipts of money orders sent to family abroad.
Thirteen portraits by renowned photographer Ruben Natal San Miguel depict faces of New York City. Selin Balci utilizes mold spores grown in a bio lab as metaphors for the human condition in our ongoing fight for resources and territory. These abstract works on panels are a new form of art that takes months to grow in a laboratory/studio.