The First 100+ Days
Friday, May 05, 2017 – Friday, June 30, 2017 | SPACES Gallery
Curated by Christina Vassallo
Home Affairs (Arzu Ozkal, Claudia Costa Pederson, Nanette Yannuzzi)
2-channel video, books, field notes, suitcases, Dimensions vary
Home Affairs is an interdisciplinary art collective that illuminates story-led movements, from a feminist perspective, for social change. The collective is comprised of a recent immigrant from Turkey who is currently separated from her family, a political refugee who fled Portugal for the Netherlands, and a first-generation American citizen whose family bears the long-term scars of cultural assimilation. Black-Eyed Women features selected works of displaced women, who are also poets, hailing from Trump's initially proposed seven banned countries. A projected animation of poems and a 2-channel video showing—but without revealing the identities of—some of the women refugees with whom Home Affairs has collaborated, further illustrate the violence, loss, and longing experienced by many immigrants and refugees. Home Affairs states, “Poetry is the best medium to speak to the condition of women refugees. They are anonymous, many among many, and poetry is what they bring with them. Their stories are non-linear, and they repeat across time and place, and between hope and tragedy. Trump's xenophobic policies act to not only incite but condone even more violence against already vulnerable populations.”
The Letdown Reflex
January 30 – March 12, 2016 | EFA Project Space
Curated by Amber Berson and Juliana Driever
Currently, attempts at defunding crucial organizations and programs supporting women’s sexual and reproductive health care are led by political figures pandering to extreme Christian elements in the United States. Ironically, these very elements also profess to the glories of childrearing. In practice, “to raise”, to “build up”, to “take care”, is not circumscribed to “motherhood” or the heterosexual family as they have it. Yet, alongside the fragmenting of support structures, it is women who continue to bear the brunt of caregiving.
Do arts organizations support caregiving?
The work in this exhibition addresses, among other ideas, access and representation of the invisible artist-caregiver. Our installation for The Letdown Reflex, includes ‘Award Letters’ Home Affairs has presented to art institutions who have made significant strides to support artists-caregivers. The number of letters, two, speaks for itself.
Also part of the exhibition is our ongoing poster series project. This photography-print project documents cultural producers who are also caregivers. Again, the number of artists included, belies the image of the childless, bohemian artist. Home Affairs, photographs and prints each image in the series and is currently working on publishing a book.
Project G O L E B
“Home Affairs” is invited to participate in the international artists-led space Project Goleb in the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands.