Exhibition

horizontal_1Far Away from Where?

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Ave, New York

Feb 16-March 5, 2017

SAVE THE DATE:
March 2, 6-8pm

Artist talk: Hrair Sarkissian
the Bark Room, 2W13th St, room M101,
followed by reception

Featured artists:
TYMEK BOROWSKI, YANA DIMITROVA, JANICKA&WILCZYK, SIMONA PRIVES, Ł
UKASZ LUKA RAYSKI, JAYCE SALLOUM, HRAIR SARKISSIAN, DANIEL TORETSKY, MACKENZIE DRUMMOND, JAMES HERNANDEZ, LARISA KARAMCHAKOVA, DAMIEN KARAN

In an old anecdote about two emigrants, one tells the other that he plans to migrate to Uruguay. He receives the surprised reaction of, “Oh, that’s far away!” The man responds: “Far away from where?”

In the times of no-reference-points and diaspora, populated by migrants, exiles, refugees, and victims of willing and unwilling displacements, the question, “Far away from where?” gains importance in varied and consequential ways. Distance might be measured in social, emotional, or geographic terms. Returns, if at all possible, are never homecomings. And under these circumstances, settlers might find refuge in imagined sites as much as in the real; in a kind of reverse colonization, they transform real places into imaginary versions of home.

Migrations, displacements, and exile caused by political transitions, genocides, armed conflicts, and natural disasters — radically affect our landscapes: successive layers of destruction, reconstruction, resilience, de-familiarization, and re-domestication create wounded places.

The question “Far away from where?” also becomes a tool to navigate the process of personal expeditions through the wounded places: scarred by history and transitions. How close do we want to place ourselves vis-á-vis these wounds? How deeply can we understand them? How far should we position ourselves to build upon these places, to tame them and make them home?

Finally, the question is directed at viewers: how close can we actually get to places that are “far away” — unknown and impenetrable at first sight — but familiar in the disquieting conversations they evoke? How distant are we from places we only observe — seeing, yet not knowing? How deeply are they connected to our own journeys and place encounters? What do they reveal? Why would we turn our eyes away?

Far Away from Where? gathers artworks that constellate around the emotional, social, and geographical distances created by wounded places. The artists respond to the tension of seeing-and-knowing and the (in)ability to embrace historic legacies of places. They draw from these rich legacies, transforming these spaces through the work and through the engagement with viewers.

MORE INFORMATION: www.woundedplaces.com

Exhibition and symposium are organized in collaboration with Adam Mickiewicz Institute as a part of the Campus Project.

Organized thanks to the generous support of the Armenian General Benevolent Union and Arte East.

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