Cancelled: DISPLACED Public Opening & Community Day
Displaced: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis is an exhibition focusing on human migrations and displacements of the past, present, and future. Through works created in a range of media, artists from around the globe foreground forgotten histories, ask us to bear witness to the highest levels of human displacement on record, and imagine futures where migration is essential for survival. The exhibition poses critical questions around this global crisis, and illuminates the complexities surrounding the urgent social, political, and environmental issues that frame the circumstances of displacement. Displaced will take the visitor on a powerful, emotional journey and serve as a catalyst for human compassion and activism by reigniting a sense of common humanity, leveraging empathy, and cultivating understanding across communities. Please join us for free admission and drop-in tours with participating artists.
The show includes the work of 12 internationally acclaimed artists, and is accompanied by community-centered education and public programs that offer accessible entry points to experiencing and understanding the global refugee crisis. Find out more here.
Exhibiting artists and artworks:
Harriet Bart (US) and Yu-Wen Wu (Taiwan/US) will present Leavings/Belongings, a work that will evolve from a SITE Center artist residency and public program at SITE Santa Fe.
Candice Breitz (South Africa) presents Love Story (2016), a 7-channel video installation sharing the stories of 6 refugees from around the globe.
Reena Saini Kallat (India) presents a large-scale handwoven world map of human migration trends titled Woven Chronicle (2016).
Hew Locke (UK/Guyana) presents two large-scale murals of Greek and Mexican Refugee Shares from the early 20th century along with several of his recent boat sculptures evoking ocean crossings of migrants over the centuries.
Cannupa Hanska Luger (US) presents Future Ancestral Technologies a new installation that articulates a futuristic science-fiction narrative in which human migration is essential for survival and predicated on an understanding of Indigenous perspectives.
Guadalupe Maravilla (El Salvador, US) presents works that draw on his own personal migratory history and displacement. His work incorporates his pre-colonial Central American ancestry, personal mythology, and autobiographical story-telling.
Richard Mosse (Ireland) presents his haunting monumental heat map series of panoramic photographs, and stills from the 3-channel video installation Incoming (2017), shot with a military-grade thermal surveillance camera technology normally used for battlefield situational awareness and for long-range border enforcement. Incoming documents episodes of mass migration across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
The Refugee Nation: a group that formed around the refugee athletes of the 2016 Summer Olympics is represented by the flag designed by Yara Said (Syria) and anthem composed by Moutaz Arian (Syria).
The List: a massive installation that features the names of more than 35,597 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants (number as of September 2018) who have lost their lives trying to reach Europe since 1993. It is compiled and updated every year by the Amsterdam-based organization UNITED for Intercultural Action.
and featuring Human Flow by Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei (China): screens his powerful documentary film Human Flow (2017) which follows a chain of urgent human stories of displacement that stretch across the globe and include accounts from Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany, and Iraq.
And featuring Hostile Terrain 94, a Beyond Borders presentation and collaboration between SITE Santa Fe, the School for Advanced Research, and the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.
Organized by SITE Santa Fe, the exhibition is co-curated by Irene Hofmann, SITE Santa Fe’s Phillips Director & Chief Curator, and Brandee Caoba, Assistant Curator.
Early support for Displaced is generously provided by:
Polly O’Brien & Barrett Toan
Steve & Karen Berkowitz
Gay Block & Billie Parker
Maria & Edward Gale
The Harpo Foundation
Jim Manning & Dana Pope Manning
Marleen De Bode Olivié & Marc Olivié
Courtney Finch Taylor & Scott Taylor
Carl & Marilynn Thoma
Andy Wallerstein & Mary Sloane
Additional support for Displaced is provided by the donors to
SITE’s Exhibition Fund:
Jean & John Berghoff
Kristina Van Dyke Fort & Jeff Fort
Will Halm & Marcellin Simard
Marsha & Robert Jones
Jeanne & Mickey Klein
Robin Merlo & Michael Lescander
Leigh Moiola & Charles Dale
Jason Saslow & Frania D’Alessio