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(Where) Do We Belong?


  • Center on Contemporary Art 114 3rd Avenue South Seattle, WA, 98104 United States (map)

Exhibition: October 4 - November 17, 2018
Reception: Thursday, October 4, 6pm – 9pm
Reception: Thursday, November 1, 6pm – 9pm

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents the group show, (Where) Do We Belong? This exhibit shares the realities and challenges surrounding immigration and includes artworks that are a response to Trump’s “Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policies”—amplifying diverse artistic voices with direct experience.

  Humaira Abid   Together But Not Together: Mother and Child  Carved Mahogany and Pine wood 18" x 11" x 2.5"

Humaira Abid
Together But Not Together: Mother and Child
Carved Mahogany and Pine wood
18" x 11" x 2.5"

A wide range of media including installation and textile to video and paintings will present artworks from Humaira Abid, Hawo Ali, Tatiana Garmendia, Hiba Jameel, Rohena Alam Khan, Jake Prendez, Marcia Santos, and Judy Shintani.

Not only are family separations consistent, but xenophobia, racism, and bigotry have been constant, taking different forms in the lapse of America’s history. The exhibit will hopefully serve as a reminder of past US situations that didn't serve us well in the end, such as Japanese Internment Camps. Artists in the exhibition share personal stories of immigration such as Garmendia’s video piece that draws parallels between the separation of families imposed by Trump’s policies and her experience in Cuba.

  Jake Prendez   Two Dreamers  Oil on canvas 36" x 24" x 1"

Jake Prendez
Two Dreamers
Oil on canvas
36" x 24" x 1"

  Judy Shintani      Pledge Allegiance  Tule Lake Incarceration barrack wood, vintage barbed wire 48" x 24" x 12"

Judy Shintani
 
Pledge Allegiance
Tule Lake Incarceration barrack wood, vintage barbed wire
48" x 24" x 12"

La Sala, a Seattle nonprofit organization that works to coalesce and mobilize the Latino/Latina arts community of the Seattle, Bellevue and surrounding districts, is partner and co-curator with CoCA for this exhibition.  

“Our country is going through tremendous change. Change brings fear and fear fuels rhetoric, as we can see throughout history in the ways that language is used as both a weapon (creating angst) and shield (creating comfort). Exhibitions like '(Where) Do We Belong?' highlight the nuanced dialogue that artists contribute to the topic of immigration and the divided society that has surged in the Trump era.”
“Throughout time people have migrated. We know this for sure because it was recorded by artists. The artists in '(Where) Do We Belong?' are the record keepers of today, reflecting the struggles and triumphs of immigrant lives.”

-- La Sala, Latinx Artists Network

You're invited to join the artists and La Sala at the opening reception during Pioneer Square Art Walk on Thursday, October 4, 6-9pm.

Exhibition and events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104.
Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

Earlier Event: September 20
2018 Marathon & Auction: CoCA Sanctuary