FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andy Johnson, Director
NOVEMBER 9 - DECEMBER 8, 2017
Image Credit: (L) Nicolas F. Shi, (C) Helen Zughaib, (R) Star Montana
WASHINGTON, DC – Gallery 102 is proud to present the exhibition Inalienable Truths. Today, human migration is defined by country, origin, and culture—the rules and roles of immigration regulating and politicizing the process. For this exhibition, a diverse group of artists share their personal history and experiences on immigration. Inalienable Truths delves into the plight of the immigrant in the USA, the terminology and legalities surrounding it, and the threat attached to the current national and global political crisis.
The group exhibition includes photography, painting, installation, video, spoken word, performance, and personal narratives. It explores the process and what it means to be, and to become, American. State sanctioned forms of identification, and the process of immigration can be an experience of terrorization and disenfranchisement for an individual navigating the system. Moving and settling in a new country—as a citizen, refugee, permanent resident, student, or worker, documented or undocumented—is a layered experience.
The curation seeks to explore the themes of borders, immigration, coexistence and social justice, by “welcoming the stranger” to be part of the individual experience of each artist, and opening up a space for dialogue. It also confronts the bureaucracy of immigration, and the life changing impacts this process has on immigrants.
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
- Thursday, November 9, 5:00 - 7:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 for the opening reception of Inalienable Truths. The reception is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.
- Monday, November 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Gallery 102, RISERS DC and United We Dream panel discussion. The panel is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.
- Thursday, November 16, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 and performance artists Tsedaye Makonnen and Helina Metaferia for an evening of performance. The event is free and open to the public. More information to come.
- Thursday, December 7, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 for an evening of spoken word, discussion, and a closing reception for Inalienable Truths. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.
Yodith Dammlash is a photographer, archivist and editor based in the DC Metropolitan area. Her editorial work has appeared in Washingtonian Magazine, Electric Revival, LivingSocial, Gilt City and Prince George's Suite Magazine. Her personal work has been featured in Format Magazine, The Week: Captured, Photo District News, OkayAfrica, Sally Hemings Dream zine, Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, Rooted In Magazine, East City Art, The Root, MSN, Huffington Post, Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora (forthcoming) and SUNU Journal (forthcoming). She most recently exhibited at Gallery 102 in Washington, DC in December 2016 and Addis Foto Fest 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She received a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Corcoran College of Art and Design. Yodith's photo-based work explores her own Ethiopian-American ancestry through the lenses of womanhood and collective memory. She specializes in portrait, documentary, editorial and archival photography.
Raúl Gonzalez was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up going back and forth between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, México. Currently Lowriders in Space is nominated for a Texas BlueBonnet award 2016-2017. Raul is the recipient of the Borther Thomas Fellowship 2015. He is a contributor to SpongeBob Squarepants Comics. In 2011 Beautiful/Decay in collaboration with Canson awarded him a Wet Paint Grant. In 2009 Gonzalez received an award from the Artadia Foundation for Art and Culture. He was voted Boston’s best visual artist for 2010 by readers of The Boston Phoenix. His work has been exhibited widely in the northeast including The Drawing Center in New York, the Aidekman Gallery at Tufts University in Medford, MA and The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, Ogunquit Museum of American Art as well as on the west coast at SCION Installation, San Francisco Art Institute and Self-Help Graphics in Los Angeles. In 2010 he worked on his first large scale mural sponsored by the Boston Arts Commission installed in the neighborhood of East Boston. Gonzalez is committed to introducing youth to the visual arts and has taught in the education departments of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2011 Gonzalez collaborated with over 125 kids from all over the city of Boston to create a work titled “and their Families” for the Linde Family Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gonzalez lives in Medford, MA, with Elaine Bay and their son Raúl the Fouth. He is represented by Carroll and Sons, Boston.
Crystal Latimer is an award-winning artist based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Crystal’s academic studies have been based out of Western Pennsylvania, obtaining her BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2010, an MA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2013, and wrapping it up with her MFA from IUP in Spring 2016. Crystal’s recent publications include features in Art Maze Magazine, Ruminate Magazine, Fresh Paint Magazine, and a podcast interview through Dear Pittsburgh. Her work has been extensively exhibited in the regional area, including shows at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Mine House Factory, Gallery 4, and 937 Gallery to name only a few. Her international experience includes a group show in Hong Kong, China, as well as an Artist Residency at the Joaquín Chaverri Fábrica de Carretas in Sarchí, Costa Rica, both in the year 2014. Crystal was selected for an Emerging Artist Award at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2016, where she was also presented with a Juror’s Choice Award. Her work is included in private collections in addition to the public collections of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania and PNC Bank. An upcoming, self-titled, exhibition at Penn State New Kensington is scheduled for October 2017.
Tsedaye Makonnen is an Ethiopian-American interdisciplinary artist, a mother and a former doula. Recurring themes present in her work are identity, colorism, womanhood, ritual and kinship. She's particularly drawn to conveying the African Diaspora's creative responses to assimilating, destroying and recreating the Self within new and/or hostile territories, whether that happens to be a new country or a hospital room. As of late, she has been connecting the forced migrations taking place in DC and abroad through performance art and installations. Tsedaye has performed in D.C. at the Corcoran Gallery, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She's a part of NY's performance art scene and has shown at Five Myles Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab, ABCNoRio, and more. She has an upcoming performance at Pratt Film Institute, a part of Myrtle Avenue's Black Art Story. She is also involved in a touring performance art collective titled BlackGirlLit. A screening of#BlackGirlLit: Between Literature, Performance & Memory will take place at MoCADA during 3DotZine's fest. She currently has two collaborative video performances up at MOAD in San Francisco a part of Helina Metafaria's solo exhibition Home//Free. And another video performance installation at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery titled Holy Water: Bleach Bloodbath series, a part of the Us Vs. Them group exhibition.
Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist, working in the areas of performance, video, installation, photography, sculpture, and mark-making. Her work investigates the role of the body as both subject and object in art, and transnational identity, diaspora, and gender in the context of her Ethiopian-American heritage. She has exhibited in solo and group shows at venues such as the Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Museum of Modern Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC), and Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago, IL). Her artist residencies include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ox-Bow, Yaddo, and a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Helina completed her Masters of Fine Arts at Tufts University's School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015, where she was selected as the Graduate Student Commencement Speaker and named one of the "top MFA students to watch" by the Boston Globe. She was a 2015-2017 AICAD Teaching Fellow at San Francisco Art Institute in the Graduate and New Genre departments, and is currently a Hamiltonian Fellow at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC.
Star Montana is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She was born and raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, which is predominantly Mexican American and serves as the backdrop to much of her work. Star’s imagery deals with class, social environment, and identity within the personal, her family. Three dots and Tear drops: a long term project with her family that has dealt with fragmented histories, loss, and the hope of the next generation was recently on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. More recently, she has begun to work on her themes within a larger scope of Los Angeles residents via portraiture and video. Montana received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2013.
Nicolas F. Shi, a long-time Washington, DC resident, was born in El Salvador from Chinese parents. In 1980, he left his war-torn country and came to the United States to attend college, receiving a Masters degree in Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1986. He practiced Architecture and Engineering for more than ten years before dedicating himself to painting. His work is influenced by his Latin American upbringing, his Chinese heritage, and his formal education in the United States. He mixes the bright colors of Central America with the harmony and simplicity of traditional Chinese painting and the boldness found in contemporary American art.
Agathe Snow lives and works in Long Island, NY. She has shown nationally at the New Museum, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. Snow has also achieved international recognition, exhibiting at several prestigious institutions, such as Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany; Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; and Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. Snow’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Charles Saatchi Collection, London, UK; the Zabludowitz Collection; and in the Dikeou Collection, Denver, CO.
Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art at Syracuse University, earning her BFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Helen currently lives in Washington, DC, and works fulltime as an artist. She paints primarily in gouache and ink on board and canvas. More recently, she has worked with wood, shoes and cloth and mixed media installations. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General, Vancouver, Canada, American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, the Arab American National Museum in, Michigan, and the DC Art Bank collection. She recently was awarded a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and currently included in the new Washingtonia Collection, in Washington, DC. Helen was also invited as artist in residence at George Mason University, Virginia, and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Her paintings have been included in several Art in Embassy exhibitions abroad, including Brunei, Nicaragua, Mauritius, Iraq, Belgium and Lebanon. In 2008, Helen was invited as US Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State, to Palestine, where she led a month- long workshop with Palestinian women artists from the West Bank. This exhibit titled “Women’s Art, Women’s Vision,” presented an opportunity for both American and Palestinian women to share their stories and culture celebrating International Women’s History Month. In 2009, she was invited to Switzerland and France, under the US Department of State’s Speaker and Specialist Program, sharing her work with universities and schools. In October 2016, she traveled to Saudi Arabia as US Cultural Envoy, speaking to young Saudi women artists and exhibiting her work at the Quincy House in Riyadh. Her paintings have been gifted to heads of state by President Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Gallery 102 and the Student Exhibitions Committee (SEC) is committed to the exhibiting of contemporary art, including work from GW & Corcoran students, DC-area artists, and nationally recognized artists of all medium. The SEC consists of GW & Corcoran students -- undergraduate and graduate, majors and non-majors, artists and art historians -- who both develop innovative, original, and thought-provoking exhibitions throughout GW's campus and invite a select group of guest curators to present exhibitions each semester. The gallery provides practical curatorial experience to the student body. Students have the opportunity to exhibit work, curate shows, and install exhibitions.