Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)
The American Library, 2018
The American Library, 2018
Installation view of "When Home won’t let you stay" 2019-2020, ICA Boston/United States Photographer credit, image courtesy: Courtesy of the artist and ICA Boston. Photographer: Reena Saini Kallat

When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art

International artists respond to the migration, immigration, and displacement of peoples today, in works ranging from personal accounts to poetic meditations.

International artists respond to the migration, immigration, and displacement of peoples today, in works ranging from personal accounts to poetic meditations. 
 
ICA Boston - Oct 23, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art considers how contemporary artists are responding to the migration, immigration, and displacement of peoples 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 twenty artists from more than a dozen countries — such as Colombia, Cuba, France, India, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States — this exhibition highlights diverse artistic responses to migration ranging from personal accounts to poetic meditations and features a range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, painting, and video.

Artists in the exhibition include Kader Attia, Tania Bruguera, Isaac Julien, Hayv Kahraman, Reena Saini Kallat, Richard Mosse, Carlos Motta, Yinka Shonibare, Xaviera Simmons, and Do-Ho Suh, among others. 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, among others. 

 

 
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