Alice Quaresma, Andrea Castillo, Angela Chen, Dana Davenport, Ismene King, Jill Miller, Kailum Graves, Kiriaki Hajiloizis, Luiz D’Orey, Manoela Medeiros, Marcia Thompson, Marko Zubak, Mercedes Lachmann, Romain Dumesnil
Artists: Alice Quaresma, Andrea Castillo, Angela Chen, Dana Davenport, Ismene King, Jill Miller, Kailum Graves, Kiriaki Hajiloizis, Luiz D’Orey, Manoela Medeiros, Marcia Thompson, Marko Zubak, Mercedes Lachmann, Romain Dumesnil
Organization: Gabriela Davies
Dates: 06 of July – 04 of August, 2017
In the search of what one may be, he or she will try to identify with its relatives, friends and surroundings. Edward Said mentioned on, Reflections on Exile, a quote by Simone Weil stating that “To be rooted, is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul”. It is in the home that one will find its comfort, but sometimes, one may have to leave it behind. Whether an individual may migrate for self-interest, to find refuge, or even because it was implied on them, in the case of exile, one will none-the- less find challenges of coming to a new land and culture, however varied the extent of the challenge may be.
But it may bring particular fortitude. It is a possibility for a person to experience something new, and build his own knowledge of the ‘foreign’; to put his own life into perspective and grow from it. It is a way to develop new angles, and assimilate new cultures. As Said himself had mentioned, while most people are aware of one culture and one home, exiles and expatriates see the world as two.
To displace is to move something from its original position, to move away into unfamiliar territory. Different places contain their own culture, and provide its inhabitants with the information to survive. Relocation to a particular place means one must to adapt to these circumstances for survival, demanding strength to conform to new circumstances.
Displacement goes beyond boundaries of countries and is more encompassing than notions of dislocation. It presents itself in situations of vulnerability and non-belonging but also in moments where perspectives change. Displacement is a movement out of fixed identity into something malleable and perhaps without definition. What displacement is, is multifaceted, almost undefinable. And there are numerous questions within it which ought to be answered and discovered.
This exhibition has depended on an open submission process, giving voices for artists and writers over the globe. A selection panel has selected the works of 14 artists, as well as the participation of 6 writers from 10 different nationalities. This project bears the purpose of portraying the distinct approaches to the topic of displacement.
The selection panel was made by Goia Mujalli, Julia Clemente, Lucrecia Vinhães, Sara Pearce and Sarah Elson.