Curated by Katie Fuller, Home/Land looks at the influence of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 on Lewis Latimer’s family, focusing on the tactics used to detain, deport, and re-enslave “runaways” with current practices used by Immigration Customs Enforcement to control the influx of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. The exhibition pairs true stories of those who escaped or attempted to escape slavery in the years surrounding the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 with current experiences of families attempting to migrate to the United States with the hope of finding a home in the land of the free.
Participating artists were given access to primary source documents from the past to create works that show a connection between then and now. Basing their art pieces on families’ migration journeys and their encounters with ICE brings the pain of the past into the present. Excerpts from historical documents: runaway slave ads, letters, journal entries, will be posted on the wall next to the art piece. Displayed together, the documents and the artworks will ask viewers what, if anything, has changed regarding how this country treats humans labeled as “illegal”.
Ann Lewis, Jade Sacker, Lorena Molina, Peter Hoffmeister, Sejin Park, Sheridan MacKnight, Sylvia Hernandez
The exhibition will be on view till Sunday 6/14/2020.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.