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At the intersection of art and politics, "On Exile" is a video-essay that investigates the refugee experience, expanding on issues of migration, displacement, and otherness. Concerned with the ethics of ethnographic encounter and representation, the artist asks: how to represent without patronizing or speaking on other's behalf? As opposed to a dominant discourse which denies refugees full agency, this participatory project attempts to listen to and restore their voices. Through interviews with individuals and families from Middle Eastern and African Muslim communities who have settled in Cleveland, this experimental documentary film develops intimate psychological portraits, embedding them in a political, historical and anthropological context. What are their stories, and perspectives as immigrants in the US? On Exile reframes assumptions of home and belonging, delves into the challenges of language and translation, and reflects on the complex adjustment to another culture by those who, forcibly displaced, seek safety.

"Every refugee, regardless of nationality, race or creed, points to the refugee within ourselves" (K. C. Cirtautas)

The project is commissioned by SPACES, within its R&D program, and it will premiere on August 18, 2017. It will then travel to Lisbon (Portugal) this November 2017, for a solo exhibition of the artist's work at MAAT, Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, curated by João Pinharanda, and Ana Anacleto (production by Fernando Ribeiro).
Production and Support: SPACES, MAAT, UW-Madison,
USCRI (United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants)


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