Art For Change @ Carlitos Gallery

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Date/Time: 20/06/2003 12:00 am

Art For Change is pleased to invite you to “displacements” – an exhibition by Brazilian photographer Marie Ange Bordas
WHEN: June 20th to July 11th 2003
Opening Reception: Friday, June 20th, 2003 7-9pm
***10:00 pm followed by a presentation of Colombian singer Lucia Pulido and her special guest Ivan Benavides. They will share the stage to bring us popular songs from Latin America.
WHERE: Art For Change @ Carlitos Gallery, 1701 Lexington Avenue (between 106 and 107) en el Barrio de E. Harlem, NYC. www.displacements.info www.artforchange.org
Art For Change and Galeria Carlitos present
displacements: an exhibition by Marie Ange Bordas
Art for Change is pleased to present ?Displacements,? an exhibition by Brazilian artist and photographer Marie Ange Bordas. ?Displacements? is a multidisciplinary project about refugees living in and out of Africa. Through creative workshops, recorded and written statements, artistic collaborations and exhibitions produced within their communities, refugees describe their lives from their own perspective. The focus is on their unique experiences and feelings, rather than the statistical dimensions of displaced persons. Materials produced in the last 2 years of the project will be gathered together for a traveling exhibition to be launched in 2004. Carlitos Gallery will exhibit some of the photographs Marie Ange Bordas produced while in South Africa as well as recorded material and documentation of the workshops.
?This project is about looking for a safe place, moving endlessly towards belonging, crossing visible and invisible borders? It is about displacements and the way it shapes our identities and defines our interaction with others and space. One can be displaced being a modern nomad and having the choice?or being a refugee and having no choice. As an artist I am an interactive observer, I am also part of the subject and hopefully a link between the people I am working with and the public. ?Displacements? is a work-in-progress where the process surpasses the resulting artwork itself.”
When talking about the refugee?s plight, media tend to focus on dramatic images of hordes of people crossing borders or starving at refugee camps. The public may respond compassionately from a distance, but may soon forget compassion when these faraway people become their neighbors. How do you see the individuality of millions? How can you live what they?ve lived, feel what they feel, see their faces? Displacements tries to make us aware of the complex reality of refugees by sharing their stories, wishes and hopes for a stable life.
?Displacements? was launched in Johannesburg in 2001, when Marie Ange Bordas organized a creative workshop with a group of 16 children from Angola, Congo and Burundi. She also produced artworks in collaboration with Congolese artists. After 5 months in South Africa, she moved to Paris, where she lived at a refugee shelter for 4 months and developed a photo-video workshop with a group of 14 political refugees from several nationalities.
Exhibitions followed, which were extremely successful, not only attracting attention to the refugees? conditions, but also facilitating interaction and networking between refugees and local artists resulting in more sustainable projects. The next step of the project will be pursued in Kenya with a group of teenage mothers and refugee artists living at Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Art for Change exhibits contemporary artists of diverse cultural backgrounds who use art as a tool for progressive social change. Established in 2000, Art for Change is committed to representing art that challenges existing boundaries of culture, meaning and the mainstream. Exhibitions focus on emerging and established artists who are looking to create a challenging statement of contemporary history.
Friday, June 20th Opening Reception 7-9pm
For more information contact:
Marie Ange Bordas
Eliana Godoy
Art For Change
1701 Lexington Avenue
New York City, New York 10029

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