News and Launching of Book…
As I mentioned in last month’s news, the opening of the ‘Women Unfolding’ exhibition will be this March 7, at 3 pm, at the Biblioteca’s Art Gallery, in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. This is part of the ‘Ser Mujer’ events. If you happen to be in town, I hope to see you there.
About fifteen years ago, I started a series on the issue of migration. At that time, my focus was on how it was becoming easier and easier for stuff to cross the artificial borders dividing countries while at the same time it was harder and harder for people to move freely especially if they were not white, and wished to go from the southern to the northern hemisphere, or happened to live in a country at war. I called the series ‘Human Cargo’.
Sadly, in all these years this situation has not improved or diminished. Actually, it has tremendously worsened. According to an OECD report, during the decade of 2000-2010, 2.6 million people were forcefully displaced turning them into unwilling migrants. As a creator, I deal with this situation in a jocular way –I ‘help’ people to cross borders by hiding them inside products, or by creating imaginary contraptions to aid them in their efforts to trump the barriers imposed by those who, most of the times, are the ones causing the atrocious conditions which force them to flee their homelands. I can only hope that my work will inspire others to pay attention to this issue and that those who create the chaos will stop the dehumanizing actions that turn people into unwanted, homeless, migrants. At the rate this situation is growing, there will soon be more stateless people than citizens in some countries… What does this say of all of us?
Here is my just released improved device for crossing borders undetected:
City In Flux – Work in Progress
On a very distinct note, I’m delighted that my ‘City in Flux – Work in Progress’ series will be on view in a solo exhibition at the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver, as part of the annual Capture Photography Festival from April 10 to the 29.
The opening reception will be on April 10th, 6 – 8 pm. I’ll also be at the gallery on Saturday 14th, 2 – 4 pm. Then on the 15th, 2 – 4 pm, for a panel discussion on the subject of the quick changes taking place in our city, and finally, on Saturday, April 21st, 2 – 4 pm, I’ll do a performance.
I truly hope you’ll make time to come visit. The subject of this exhibition is important to anyone living anywhere in Metro Vancouver. I do not claim to have any solution to the fast changes taking place but we are all responsible to taking care of this paradise and to keep it so for those who will live here in the future.
The City of Vancouver will also show some of my altered photographs from the ‘City in Flux – Work in Progress’ series as well as paintings at The Annex Theatre on 823 Seymour Street, from April to June this year.
I’m elated that my companion book to the exhibition will be launched in April. Part of the proceeds of the sale will go to support the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, an organization which has been providing a safe space for displaced women and children since 1978.
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