Dual opening receptions Friday, November 9 at 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. with Palimpsest: Hand-drawn animation and video projections
The Artist Talks: José Carlos Teixeira at 6:15 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Artist Talks: Rian Brown at 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery
This exhibition presents a short version of “ON EXILE, elsewhere within here”, an experimental documentary film that reflects on the refugee experience, expanding on issues of migration, displacement, and otherness. As a quiet meditation, it develops intimate psychological portraits of Muslim refugees from Middle Eastern and African countries, resettled in the United States. Concerned with the ethics of ethnographic encounter, the artist asks: How to represent without patronizing or speaking on the behalf of others? How to generate a process of empathy and intersubjectivity? As opposed to a dominant discourse, which denies refugees full personal and political agency, this film restores their voices.
“ON EXILE…” reframes assumptions of home and belonging, and examines the complex adjustment to another culture by those who, forcibly displaced, seek safety and a new beginning.
In addition to the 25-minute video, which was commissioned by and debuted at SPACES in 2017 (in its original duration), José Carlos Teixeira also presents a series of text pieces that investigate similar issues of human displacement, migratory movement and the boundary event. Borrowing creatively from the writer and filmmaker Trihn T. Mihn-ha, these wall works, in their apparent minimalism and simplicity, require from the viewers a proximity and an intimacy that connects them to the experience of the film on display.
“Every refugee, regardless of nationality, race or creed, points to the refugee within ourselves”
(K. C. Cirtautas)
José Carlos Teixeira (1977, Portugal) is an artist, researcher and filmmaker. His work has been shown across Europe and the USA – as well as South America, Africa, and Asia – in multiple venues such as the Hammer Museum, LACE (Los Angeles), Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Museum of the City of New York, Residency Unlimited (NY), SPACES, MOCA (Cleveland), Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts (Princeton), Württembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart), DAZ, Rosalux (Berlin), 104 Cent Quatre (Paris), National Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow), M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum (Kaunas), Hélio Oiticica Art Center (Rio de Janeiro), S. P. Cultural Center (São Paulo), Oriente Foundation (Macao), Gulbenkian Foundation, Carmona e Costa Foundation, Carpe Diem (Lisbon), Galeria Presença, and FBAUP Museum (Porto), to name a few. Recent solo shows at MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (Lisbon), and MMOCA Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; an upcoming project will take place at the Townhouse Gallery (Cairo).
Teixeira circulates his work mostly in the art world, but has also presented his films in festivals such as the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Currents: Santa Fe International New Media Festival, AIFVF Athens International Film and Video Festival, Silverlake Film Festival, LA Freewaves, Malmofestivalen, Respect Human Rights Film Festival, and Arthouse Asia. Among other awards and grants, he received the FUSO Video Festival Jury Prize 2011, and the 2005 EDP New Artists Prize nomination (Lisbon). In addition, Teixeira was a filmmaker-in-residence at the prestigious Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, and 18th Street Arts Center (USA). In 2006, as a Fulbright scholar, he completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio at UCLA. Between 2013 and 2016, he was the Champney Family Visiting Associate Professor at CWRU and CIA, in Cleveland.
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