When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art
From October 23 to January 26, 2020, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, United States will present When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, a group exhibition that considers how contemporary artists are responding to the migration, immigration, and displacement of people today.
We are currently witnessing the highest levels of movement on record—the United Nations estimates that one out of every seven people in the world is an international or internal migrant who moves by choice or by force, with great success or great struggle.
When Home Won’t Let You Stay borrows its title from a poem by Warsan Shire, a Somali-British poet who gives voice to the experiences of refugees. Through artworks made since 2000 by 20 artists from more than a dozen countries including Nigeria, Colombia, Cuba, France, India, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco, Palestine, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and United States, the exhibition highlights diverse artistic responses to migration ranging from personal accounts to poetic meditations. It also features a range of mediums including sculpture, installation, painting, and video. The artists include Kader Attia, Tania Bruguera, Isaac Julien, Hayv Kahraman, Reena Saini Kallat, Richard Mosse, Carlos Motta, Yinka Shonibare, Xaviera Simmons, Do-Ho Suh etc.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with an essay by Eva Respini and Ruth Erickson and texts by prominent scholars Aruna D’Souza, Okwui Enwezor, Thomas Keenan, Peggy Levitt, and Uday Singh Mehta etc.
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