The exhibition (23 February–24 May 2020) considers how contemporary artists are responding to the migration, immigration, and displacement of peoples today.
We are currently witnessing the highest levels of movement on record—the United Nations estimates that one out of every seven people in the world is an international or internal migrant who moves by choice or by force, with great success or great struggle. When Home Won’t Let You Stay 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 twenty artists from more than a dozen countries — such as Colombia, Cuba, France, India, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States — this exhibition highlights diverse artistic responses to migration ranging from personal accounts to poetic meditations, and features a range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, painting, and video.
The exhibition originated at ICA Boston and will travel to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.
Isaac Julien, Western Union: small boats, 2007
© Isaac Julien
Courtesy the artist, Metro Pictures, New York, and Victoria Miro, London/Venice
Do Ho Suh, Hub 1, Entrance, 260-7, Sungbook-Dong, Sungbook-Ku, Seoul, Korea
© Do Ho Suh
Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul