When Home Won't Let you Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art

  • through January 26, 2020
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
This exhibition considers how contemporary artists are responding to the migration, immigration and displacement of peoples today. The world is currently witnessing the highest levels of movement on record, with estimates that one out of every seven people in the world is an international or internal migrant who moves by choice or force, with great success or great struggle. The exhibition borrows its title from a poem by Warsan Shire, a Somali British poet who gives voice to the experiences of refugees. Through artworks made since 2000 by 20 artists from more than a dozen countries— such as Colombia, Cuba, France, Iraq—this exhibition highlights diverse artistic responses to migration ranging from personal accounts to poetic meditations, and it features a range of media including sculpture, installation, painting and video.
Photo by Mel Taing / Reena Saini Kallat
"Woven Chronicle" by Reena Saini Kallat, 2011–2019, installation view.

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