October 14, 2020
Parisa Ghaderi (MFA ‘14) curates Address Unknown: an incomplete map of belonging, an exhibition of immigrant artists in the Detroit area.
On view Oct 17, 18, 24, and 25 at the Annex Gallery in Highland Park, MI, the exhibition opening takes place Friday, October 16 from 6-9 pm.
333 Midland, Highland Park, MI 48203
Hours: 12-5 pm
The experience of immigration is one of transition between “here,” “there,” “nowhere,” and “everywhere,”; A transition that can be called geography of belonging. An immigrant negotiates a sense of belonging through expressions of bilingualism and biculturalism in public and private spheres. This geography of belonging is characterized and colored with an ambiguous loss: a permanent and vague sense of grief and homesickness that cannot be easily detected when a migrant is “naturalized.” An ambiguous loss is one that is partial, incomplete, disrupted, and extremely difficult to heal. Social rituals often help families remain connected and collected. However, migration disrupts these rituals as well. A map of belonging cannot be drawn unless these subjective elements of healing are recognized and located. This exhibition attempts to draw the geography of belonging in the work of immigrant artists in the metro Detroit area who have experienced the complexities of contemporary migration.