Exhibition Dates: November 3 – December 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 6-9pm
Artist Talks: Thursday, November 16, 6:30-8:30pm
The Arctic Smiles Now
Having received a BA in Neurolinguistics and Psycholinguistics, Katherine Akey considers her path to becoming an artist unconventional. Akey is primarily influenced by her profound love of reading, from childhood fantasies to the non-fiction she consumes on her commute. These stories bleed into her dreams and fuel the romantic, otherworldly aspects of her art, while her scientific background and penchant for academic reading bring a grounded, thoughtful tone. Themes of polar exploration, World War I, and early aviation figure prominently in her work.
The Arctic Smiles Now features recent work that stems from a trip to the top of the world with the Arctic Circle Residency program in the fall of 2015. With impressions of the history of exploration and human experiences in the voices of men and experiences of male explorers, Akey weaves the northern landscapes of legend and the Golden Age of Exploration with the realities of Arctic conservation projects, bringing glory to the women she found in Svalbard devoting their lives to protecting the land. www.katherineakey.com
Lloyd Kofi Foster
Land That We Love
Land That We Love is a series of photographs and videos highlighting my experiences in the West African country of Sierra Leone. From children to adults, these images highlight everyday life in Sierra Leone and the resiliency of the people who always find ways to rebuild during tough times. Lloyd Kofi Foster is a Ghanaian-American photographer based in Washington, DC. Self-taught, Foster’s work uses personal connections, memories, and authentic perception to capture daily life, combat warped media perspectives, and to better understand his subjects. www.lloydfoster.com
Immigration in Ibero-America: from here and there
Presented by The Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA)
As old as human evolution. Immigration, an inescapable, painful and at the same time hopeful path, is a fundamental axis in the history of people. In this fusion of customs, codes, cultures, lies the very essence of the communities. Ibero-America does not escape this continuous and permanent coming and going of migrants in search of new horizons; in some cases fleeing persecutions; in others escaping from hunger and misery; or simply pursuing dreams of love, freedom, peace.
In this kaleidoscope that is Ibero-America, immigration has been leaving footprints through time and history, and on those footprints the idiosyncrasy and the essence of each one of these countries were integrated. A mixture of words, flavors, myths and legends are building new forms of coexistence that blend and become evident in music, dance, theater, architecture, social plurality, economy, and religion. A construction and deconstruction of that being who left his heart in his native land and tries to connect it in his new adopted land.
Many times, with the soul split in two, the immigrant is finding and looking for their forms of expression and their place in the world. They assimilate, domesticate, find roots and uprooted…And carries in their soul what was left behind and what is new to come.
Immigration in Ibero-America: from here and there is a mirror where people look at their own history, explain their destiny and recompose their identity. Each of these images shows the transformations of a society that evolves from the arrival of new cultures and customs. Perhaps the best face of immigration, allows growth, integration and the idea of a peaceful world capable of accepting others without resentment, bitterness, or distrust. In this diversity of spaces and sensibilities that is Ibero-America, photography becomes a testimony of the essential.