Featuring: Katayoun Amjadi, Fatima Zahra Elfilali, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Wing Young Huie, Yevgenia Kaganovich, Mika Negishi Laidlaw, Nirmal Raja, Xavier Tavera, Rina Yoon
Exhibition Run: September 10 - October 22, 2016.
Transplant Eyes features a group of diaspora artists currently living in the United States who use their expressions of identity as a means of engagement. Through a range of mediums and styles, these transnational artists explore what it means to be both an individual and an artist in a cross-cultural space. Their collective work is a contemplation of identity in various forms as it is formed, gained, lost, and reformed. With a sophisticated and multilayered approach, these artists participate in a critical exploration of controversial social issues.
This exhibit seeks to provoke an intercultural dialogue through a presentation of artistic stories of adaptation forging a new consciousness that is both universal and humane.
The title, Transplant Eyes, speaks to the newness –fresh eyes, new perspectives, an opportunity to grow as an individual; and it also speaks to the daily resistances (such as language barriers) and potential for non-acceptance by the host culture (such as racism and denial of citizenship.)