“Carried Places,” an exhibit reflecting on what it means to carry memories and images of homes and homeland across continents and generations, will go on display Friday, March 6, at the Harrington Gallery, at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.
The exhibit is presented primarily through the lens of immigrants, refugees, and other displaced persons around the world who have carried with them memories of home and homeland, both physically and psychologically. According to the exhibition program, “Considering ‘home’ as a fluid entity, it can be imagined, perceived, and recreated through art, and this exhibition asks participating artists and viewers to think about the deep ties between the places they have inhabited and their identity.”
The five featured artists include Manon Bogerd Wada, Carmina Eliason, Sanjay Vora, Termeh Yeghiazarian and Dave Young Kim.
Bogerd Wada describes herself as “site visitor, building surveyor, and floor plan artist.” She is known for her in-situ sculpture creations, among other works.
Eliason is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores ancestry, mixed cultural identities, and the complex stories of often conflicting social experiences. Her work uses kitchen tables, reclaimed household textiles, folk games, written and spoken word, as well as contemporary and historical photography.
Vora is both a musician and artist “strongly influenced by my bi-cultural upbringing as well as the surrounding rural American landscapes of my childhood.”
Yeghiazarian is a multidisciplinary artist who “explores the intersections of politics, socio-economy, identity and cultural representation.”
Kim draws from his own Korean cultural history, family stories and personal experiences in depicting images of identity. Ultimately his work is premised on the idea that we are all looking for a place to call home.
There will be an Artists’ Reception in the gallery from 1-3 p.m., on Saturday, March 7, and a hosted tour of the exhibit, followed by a performance and conversation with Eliason from 1-2:30 p.m., on March 10. Tickets for the hosted tour are $5, and available at www.firehousearts.org, by calling (925) 931-4848, or from the Firehouse Arts Center box office in downtown Pleasanton. Regular gallery hours are Wed through Fri from 12 to 5 p.m., and Sat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.