On View from September 14, 2019 – October 19, 2019
BRAC Fall gallery series begins September 14, 2019
curated by Kathie Halfin
Jean Carla Rodea-Mexico/Brooklyn,
Carlos Wilfredo-Puerto Rico/Bronx,
Jacqueline Bishop-Jamaica/New York,
Lionel Cruet-Puerto Rico/Bronx,
Each person’s life is dominated by a central event, which shapes and distorts everything that comes after it and, in retrospect, everything that came before. Svetlana Boym, the acclaimed critic takes Nabokov’s word Syncope to describe immigration in “Speak, Memory”.
The word means a change of rhythm in music or a brief loss of consciousness in life. It is the gap between lives. This show chooses to focus on immigrants/migrants experience of time and place that is experienced as a break or the Syncope as Nabokov puts it.
Evidently, this zone of discontinuity is unsettling. The “gap in between lives” sets a challenge for the immigrants as they are compelled to find a new sense of belonging and preserve personal identity which often times is conflicting. For some Syncope represents resistance to the oppressive stereotypes of the dominant culture and the need to find a safe space in the new surroundings. For others, it is an emptiness caused by disintegration from their cultural environment.
In the show, artists reflect on and propose ways to address the Syncope. From the storytelling to activism, from gestures of solidarity to idiosyncratic personal experiences, artists suggest the interpretations of the Syncope and ways to live with it.
Show runs from September 14th through October 19th.
Opening Reception September 14, 6-9 PM
featuring LIVE PERFORMANCES by Katya Grokhovsky, Yali Romagoza, Jean Carla Rodea, Pei-Ling Ho and Emily Smith. Come and join us on September 14th!
Opening reception: 6 pm
Performances start at 7 pm sharp!!!