Transient Matter: Assemblages of Migration in the Mediterranean brings the realities, perils, and the humanity of migrations and border-crossings to the Haffenreffer Museum through an exhibition of things discarded by migrants who crossed the Aegean to reach Greece, artwork created by migrants in camps and detention centers once there, and photographs and videos produced by the curators. Life vests, inner tubes, and personal items collected between 2016 and 2019 from the seashore on Lesvos (Greece), one of their main points of arrival from Turkey, and from the so-called “Life Vest Cemetery” at the northern part of the island, document the realities of this perilous journey at a human scale. Artwork made by migrants working in solidarity initiatives and in registration and detention centers, such as the Moria Camp, showcase their strategies for recycling and upcycling objects into artworks and items sold to fund journeys forward and convey messages of solidarity.
This is a two-part event, beginning with the Curator’s Talk at 5 PM in Friedman Hall, followed by the Reception at 6 PM at the Haffenreffer Museum Gallery at Manning Hall. Both the Talk and Reception are open and free to the public, co-sponsored by the Decolonial Initiative at Brown University.
Transient Matter - Curators’ Talk
Feb. 20, 2020 | 5 PM - 6 PM
Friedman Hall, Room 102
Transient Matter - Opening Reception
Feb. 20, 2020 | 6 pm
Manning Hall Gallery
21 Prospect Street, Providence RI
Content Warning: The content of this exhibition may be emotionally stressful or upsetting for some visitors, including mentions of war and violence, political, religious, or gender-based persecution, racism, loss, and death.