Art + Culture
Light Year 16: This Land Is Your Land
LIGHT YEAR 16: THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
Single channel videos projected onto the Manhattan Bridge
Thursday August 4
Dusk – 10pm
In the Pearl Street Triangle (Anchorage Place & Pearl St.)
Curated by Erin Joyce Projects
Artists: Sama Alshaib, Basma Alsharif, Raven Chacon, Nicholas Galanin, Steven J. Yazzie
“This Land is Your Land” is a six-film video installation that examines the dynamism of diasporic communities, the history of violence against diasporic individuals, and the profane abuse of assaultive power that manifests in governmental policies against immigrant or “unwanted” groups. The topic of this exhibition could not be more timely, with the Syrian Refugee Crisis at hand, and United State Government policy on Native American issues endangering the sovereignty of Native lands. The works in the show range from Nicholas Galanin’s examination of the devastating effects of petrol chemical companies invading Native lands, Steven J. Yazzie’s work looking at the water crisis on Tribal land in Southern Arizona, Raven Chacon’s illustrative work on orchestrated violence and the instrumentalization of policy against people, Sama Alshaib’s works upon abusive power, and the destruction of environment and bio-location, and Basma Alsharif’s illustration of the end of nature. The exhibition, while offering aesthetic beauty, also enters into a pensive dialogue on pressing issues.
About LIGHT YEAR:
LIGHT YEAR is an ongoing project presented by 3_Search (Leo Kuelbs Collection, Glowing Bulbs and John Ensor Parker) in collaboration with the DUMBO Improvement District and NYC DOT. Originally created in celebration of the United Nations’ declaration of 2015 as the Year of Light and Light Art, LIGHT YEAR has hosted the work of over 100 artists and curators from around the world.