Marymount University will present Border (Untitled), an exhibition on the state of culture, art, and politics surrounding immigration and refugees. It will be held at Marymounts two art galleries, with two free receptions scheduled: from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at Cody Gallery at the Ballston Center; and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 at the Barry Gallery on the schools main campus. The dual exhibit runs through July 28.
The Marymount show is being held in conjunction with the all-day One Journey Festival on June 2 at the Washington National Cathedral. Marymount is a sponsor of the festival that aims to connect people through the shared language of human creativity.
A talk will be held at the opening reception at the Cody Gallery, which will feature work by Sobia Ahmad, Nathalie Alfonso, Adrián S. Bará, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Paul Shortt and Agustina Woodgate that investigates boundaries, labor, and identity.
Border (Untitled) suggests an ambiguous designated space that conveys different cultural experiences to further an understanding of how these lines and borders affect us personally and socially, said Cody Gallery Director Meaghan Kent. In many cases these works involve an abstraction of images signifying voices that are often marginalized, overlooked, and forgotten.
For example, Alfonsos site-specific Cleaning the Line investigates manual labor through an integration of mark-making and cleaning while Ahmads Small Identities are a series of tiles with photo IDs of family and friends who are Muslim immigrants. Several are left blank, revealing the decision to not submit their image out of fear of discrimination.
Cody Gallery, located at Ballston Center, 1100 North Glebe Road, second floor, is open Thursday through Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. Street parking and Capital Bikeshare are available. The gallery is located near the Ballston Metro. For more information, visit https://marymount.edu/ballston-center-gallery.
A narrative of experiences from organizations aiding Syrian refugees and the refugees
themselves compiled by Associate Professor Barry Erdeljon and his students will be presented at the Barry Gallery on Marymounts main campus.
Portraits will also be shown from the Inside Out project by photographer Josh Mojica, as well as portraits of Syrian refugee students associated with the Karam Foundation. The Karam Foundation profiles were curated and organized by Shamila Chaudhary of the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, where she directs The Big Picture, a forum exploring international affairs through arts and culture.
The Barry Gallery, located in the Reinsch Library at Marymount, 2807 North Glebe Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit marymount.edu/barrygallery.
Love Without Borders Fundraiser
A fundraiser will be presented at both spaces for Love Without Borders, a U.S.-based nonprofit that provides art classes to refugees stranded in Greece. Works by refugees from around the globe will be available for sale, with all proceeds going directly to the refugee artists.
The exhibition was organized by Meaghan Kent, director of Cody Gallery, MU Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Joe Hicks and Sarah Hardesty, assistant professor and director of Barry Gallery.
Agustina Woodgate, Northern and Southern Hemisphere, 2014, Sanded outdated world map, 22 x 41 inches