FAN Presents: LOCUST PROJECTS: Rest Ashore by Juana Valdes

  • 09/10/2020
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Virtual - on ZOOM




Thursday, September 10, 2020  2:00 PM EDT

Artist Juana Valdes and Locust Projects director Lorie Mertes will lead us through this site-specific, large-scale multi-channel video installation by LatinX multi-disciplinary artist Juana Valdes as she reexamines the Cuban migration experience over the past sixty years and how it relates to the current global refugee crisis. The installation explores similarities in how the refugee crisis has been documented and disseminated in mass media throughout the years, both past and present, while creating a new visual vernacular honoring those who died at sea in their travels. Rest Ashore marks Valdes’s first significant expansion into video and a dramatic shift in her artistic process.

The large-scale installation encompasses multimedia sculpture stacking CRT televisions, vast expanses of green and blue through the gallery, the sails, flotsam, video portrayals of the horizon and sunset, and culminates in the viewing of a brand new film by Valdes evoking the experiences of seaborne refugees – then and now.

The exhibition will open to the public on September 12, 2020.

RSVP: (Calendar of Events) by Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Guests are welcome. The link to the Zoom event will be sent to you by Locust Projects.

DATE AND TIME:         Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

This exhibition is made possible, in part, with support from Funding Arts Network, Oolite Arts’ 2018 Ellies creator Award, and University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS) 2019 Research Healey Endowment.