In Transit

26.06.2020 - 04.10.2020

Gohar Dashti, Stateless, 2014-15 - Gohar Dashti, Stateless, 2014-15

Gohar Dashti, Stateless, 2014-15 - Gohar Dashti, Stateless, 2014-15

Gohar Dashti, Stateless, 2014-15 - Gohar Dashti, Stateless, 2014-15

In Transit is a multidisciplinary exhibition which focuses on the tentative, limbo-like experience of living between different cultures, and the stories of immigrants who traverse the no man’s land existing between home and hope.

This collection of photography and video works created in Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, and Iran, is testimony to the struggle of day-to-day survival and the search to find a sense of normalcy and stability as experienced by immigrants and displaced peoples throughout Europe and the Middle East. Individuals from a broad range of backgrounds share their desire for a place to call home that will provide safety, dignity, and acceptance. The landscape of those fleeing from unsafe, economically depressed homelands towards dreams of a more secure future elsewhere is often filled with boredom, sadness, fear, apathy, and absence: loss of loved ones, familiar places, and citizenship.

Utilizing photography, performance, and filmmaking, each body of work examines the experiences of those thrust into a culture that is markedly different from their own. Through their narratives, the artists strive to disrupt accepted misconceptions about immigration and otherness in order to tell a more accurate story of human experience. Collaborating with their subjects, they give voice to those who must endure countless days of dead time while tangled in shifting bureaucracies in order to become more than merely ‘registered aliens’. These stories illustrate in the physical and psychological challenges faced, while additionally considering the deeper discussion of what constitutes citizenship in the wake of the enormous migrations to Europe.

Curated by Peggy Sue Amison