Fences & Neighbors

Apr 10, 2016 - May 8, 2016


558 St Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Time: Thursday - Sunday, 1-6pm, or by appointment
Phone Number: 718 983-4438
Contact: Janet Goldner
Website: http://www.janetgoldner.com/sculpture/installations/

Janet Goldner, Fences & Neighbors, 2016, video, photography, mixed media.

Fences & Neighbors is Janet Goldner’s mixed media installation inspired by her research trip to Arizona in 2014. A woven barbed wire fence divides the gallery. On the far side is a projected video of migrants’ stories that viewers can see through the fence. Photographs and texts about the migrants’ treacherous journey are layered on both sides of the space. As the fever pitch around migration mounted in 2014, Goldner wanted to go see for herself. Working with the Tucson Arts Brigade and the US Department of Arts and Culture, she spent a week on and around the border. The fence to the sky separating Nogales, Arizona from Nogales, Sonora, made of surplus military steel from the runways in Iraq, was particularly impressive and disturbing. Migration is a recurring theme for Goldner. Her large-scale public sculpture, Most of Us Are Immigrants was installed in Sara Roosevelt Park in the late 1990’s. It is now in the collection of the Islip Museum on Long Island. Janet Goldner’s work explores culture, identity and social justice in various media: steel sculpture, photography, video, installation and social projects. It consistently bridges diverse cultures, celebrating the unique beauty and genius of each as well as what we have in common. Cultural preservation is important to her work where her research takes the form of immersive fieldwork. Annual visits to Mali provide inspiration.

Event Type: Exhibition