IMPACT - Immigration Projects: Art, Culture, and Tradition

Thursday, October 6, 2011 to Thursday, October 27, 2011
Swing Space Gallery, South Campus Gateway, 1556 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210

 

Exhibition and Immigration Conference Reception

Friday October 21, 4–6pm

Special Events

Thursday, October 6

  • 4–6pm: OSU Multicultural Center's Couch Stories project will be on site at the gallery patio collecting and documenting individual voices of immigration.
  • 6–8pm: 2011 GCAC International Residency Reception: Join us on the opening day of IMPACT in welcoming the 2011 Dresden artist and inventor Paul Elsner.

In the beginning, humans migrated. Continents were explored and settled, allowing diversity to flourish. Migration, at the core of the evolutionary process, led to adaptation and development of species and civilizations. Today, human migration is defined by country, origin, and culture—the rules and roles of immigration controlling and politicizing the process.

Living in a new country, whether as a citizen, refugee, permanent resident, student, or worker, documented or undocumented, impacts each person differently.

IMPACT contains visual art, video, stories, narratives, poems, performance, music from artists and writers who are immigrants or the children of immigrants addressing their experiences relative to the process or journey of moving from or between one country, culture, or community to another or being raised within an immigrant family or community. Works could have a traditional source or conceptual basis from the country of origin, blend the innovative with the historic, be humorous or satirical, transformative or concrete, yet contain or reflect a sense of displacement, assimilation, acceptance, struggle, identity, discrimination, loss, inundation, exhilaration, discovery, openness or simply being, that is part of understanding identity, place, language, community, and culture specific to the immigration experience.

IMPACT, the inaugural exhibition at the College of Arts and Sciences Swing Space Gallery, is presented in conjunction with the international conference Immigration: What is at Stake? (October 20–21) at the Ohio State University–Columbus Campus. Visit: https://immigration.osu.edu for more information on the conference.

IMPACT is cosponsored by College of Arts and Sciences, OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values, OSU Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, Department of Art, Swing Space Gallery.

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