Divided, my 2018 video installation about the Mexico-U.S. border will be on display at MoCP, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography as part of the Stateless: Views of Global Migration group exhibition from January 24, to March 31, 2019.
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
It will also be exhibited at Turchin Center for the Visual Arts from 7 December, 2018 to 27 April, 2019.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
423 West King St.
Boone, NC 28608
Since Baja and Alta California were divided by the seizure of Mexican land by the United States military in 1848, a political boundary has jutted into the Pacific Ocean. Over the years, the border has been reinforced from a simple line to a fence to steel barrier. This single-channel video installation focuses on the timeless repetition of lines of waves as they crash perpendicular into the barrier. The collision of waves is mesmerizing, and we notice unified lines of waves that are divided in two.
Preview video of Divided
About Stateless: Views of Global Migration
While global migration has existed for tens of thousands of years, we are currently facing an unprecedentedly vast movement of people across borders. According to the UN Refugee Agency, 68.5 million people were displaced in 2018, and of that number, 25.4 million have been designated as refugees, 10 million have been left stateless, and fewer than 105,000 have been resettled. 44,400 people each day are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. Stateless: Views of Global Migrationseeks to humanize this stark data, providing an alternative visual landscape to the imagery typically associated with the current wave of global migration. Through the individual lenses of eight contemporary artists, this exhibition lays bare the contradictions inherent to the crisis, finding beauty and strength in the face of collective trauma. These powerful works of art bear witness, contemplate memory, and explore one’s connectivity to a place, even when one can no longer return. Organized by the MoCP’s executive director Natasha Egan, Stateless: Views of Global Migration addresses the individual stories that define this global human crisis.
Artists featured in the exhibition include Tomas van Houtryve, Bissane Al Charif, Daniel Castro Garcia, Leila Alaoui, Shimon Attie, Omar Imam, Fidencio Fifield-Perez, and Hiwa K.
Praise for Divided
“This work took a very simple concept, a border wall between two countries, and visually infused it with all the complexities of the contemporary American debate. The ‘moving picture’ that tells this story, does so in a leisurely way, but clearly one that was thought out and executed with the utmost care and attention to detail. The ‘reveal’, at the end, lingers in your mind.”
– Keith Jenkins, Director of Visual Journalism, NPR; Juror of the 2018 Producer’s Choice Award from CENTER Santa Fe.
“Van Houtryve filmed a short video from above the wall’s end, entitled Divided (2018), which seems almost meditative.”
– Jacqui Palumbo, Visual Culture Editor, Artsy / New York