Reflections on Exile

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Reflections on Exile


Root Division invites Bay Area artists responding to themes of diaspora and exile to submit work for an exhibition entitled Reflections on Exile curated by Jeanette Alanis. The exhibition will be presented in January – February 2020 at Root Division.

Highlighting challenging elements between human and land separation, Reflections on Exile examines displacement, restrictive or forced movement, and the after effects of war and persecution from the lens of Bay Area artists.

Inspired by Edward Said’s description of exile as “the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home”, selected artists will offer a creative lens on how exile has personally affected their lives, family, and the world. Exile has the capacity to become a state of existence. As one remains in exile, artwork produced can reflect on a multitude of identities, as well as healing, hope and resilience. As a whole, Reflections on Exile will respond to current political changes around separation, borders, and immigration. This exhibition aims to inspire change, ignite activism, heal xenophobia, and strengthen community in order to potentially open borders.

Artists working in all mediums welcome to apply.

Deadline for Submission: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST

Exhibition Dates: January 8 – February 8, 2020

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