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CoCA Reflects on America, A Place Many Immigrants Call Home

(Where) Do We Belong?​ Reflects on America, A Place Many Immigrants Call Home

Jake Prendez Two Dreamers Oil on canvas 36" x 24" x 1"

Jake Prendez
Two Dreamers
Oil on canvas 36″ x 24″ x 1″

From October 4 through November 17, Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) will present the group show, ​(Where) Do We Belong?​. This exhibit ​shares the realities and challenges surrounding immigration and includes artworks that are a response to Trump’s “Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policies”—amplifying diverse artistic voices with direct experience.

A wide range of media including installation and textile to video and paintings will present artworks from Humaira Abid, Hawo Ali, Tatiana Garmendia, Hiba Jameel, Rohena Alam Khan, Jake Prendez, ​Marcia Santos, and Judy Shintani.

Humaira Abid Together But Not Together: Mother and Child Carved Mahogany and Pine wood 18" x 11" x 2.5"

Humaira Abid
Together But Not Together: Mother and Child
Carved Mahogany and Pine wood 18″ x 11″ x 2.5″

Not only are family separations consistent, but xenophobia, racism, and bigotry have been constant, taking different forms in the lapse of America’s history. The exhibit will hopefully serve as a reminder of past US situations that didn’t serve us well in the end, such as Japanese Internment Camps. Artists in the exhibition share personal stories of immigration such as Garmendia’s ​video piece that draws parallels between the separation of families imposed by Trump’s policies and her experience in Cuba.

La Sala, a Seattle nonprofit organization that works to coalesce and mobilize the Latino/Latina arts community of the Seattle, Bellevue and surrounding districts, is partner and co-curator with CoCA for this exhibition. Find more at ​www.lasalaseattle.org​.

“Our country is going through tremendous change. Change brings fear and fear fuels rhetoric, as we can see throughout history in the ways that language is used as both a weapon (creating angst) and shield (creating comfort). Exhibitions like ‘(Where) Do We Belong?’ highlight the nuanced dialogue that artists contribute to the topic of immigration and the divided society that has surged in the Trump-era.”

Judy Shintani Pledge Allegiance Tule Lake Incarceration barrack wood, vintage barbed wire 48" x 24" x 12"

Judy Shintani
Pledge Allegiance
Tule Lake Incarceration barrack wood, vintage barbed wire 48″ x 24″ x 12″

“Throughout time people have migrated. We know this for sure because it was recorded by artists. The artists in ‘(Where) Do We Belong?’ are the record keepers of today, reflecting the struggles and triumphs of immigrant lives.” La Sala, Latinx Artists Network.

The public is invited to join the artists and La Sala at the opening reception during Pioneer Square Art Walk on Thursday, October 4, 6-9pm.

Calendar Listing:

(Where) Do We Belong?

Exhibition dates October 4 – November 17, 2018.
Receptions Thursday, October 4 and November 1 from 6pm – 9pm as part of Pioneer Square Art Walk. Special events for the community will be programmed by La Sala. Info and dates still be announced this November.

Exhibition and events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104. Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

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