Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration

Jan 8, 2018 - Apr 6, 2018

Santa Clara University

Dowd Art Building Gallery
755 Franklin Street
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Phone Number: 408-203-5221
Contact: Karen Gutfreund
Website: https://www.gutfreundcornettart.com/info-beyond-borders.html
Description:

Enter the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building at Santa Clara University and one is immediately confronted with "Feral Fence", a Trumpian-inspired, monstrous, twisting armature. Through this border wall, visitors gain access to powerful, multi-media works: horrific and impactful, hopeful and reverential, abstract and emphatic, poetic and conceptual. An altar to those who lost their lives in transit. The alarming lengths to which people go to stay together as families. The dehumanization at deportation centers. The voices of youth as they make sense of their new homes. The strength that comes from fragile individuals bonding together for survival. A call to action. The exhibition "Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration" by the curatorial team Gutfreund Cornett Art and their group of international artists, shed light on the personal and observed narratives surrounding the struggles of flight, immigration, assimilation, deportation, and the perception of being “other" in American society. The works acknowledge the dignity, dreams and sacrifices of these people and reflect on where we are going, individually and as community with shared desires for hope and home. Migrations of humanity, whether instigated by war, conflict, persecution, poverty or climate change, transport peoples from the known, their homes, families and communities, to the unknown. Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration explores the personal and observed narratives surrounding the struggles of flight, the immigration process, asylum, assimilation, deportation, threats of violence and the perception of being “other” within the American culture. Despite the complex assortment of legal, social, emotional and physical challenges, increasing numbers still trade these risks for the chance of safer, better lives for themselves and their families. Beyond Borders acknowledges the dignity, dreams and sacrifices of these people and reflects on where we are going, individually and as community. Gutfreund Cornett Art believes art can transcend language barriers, strengthen understanding, stimulate greater compassion between displaced people and the communities that receive them, move us to action and advocacy and create visions for a new, more inclusive society.

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Event Type: Exhibition