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Start Date: 2/14/2018Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 2/14/2018End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description:

President’s Gallery
John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
proudly presents the exhibition


from February 14th through April 13th, 2018
Opening reception with performance art and music
on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018,
from 5:30-9:00 PM

Internalized Borders addresses immigration, identity, detention, and deportation. Taking the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center as a pivotal moment for the escalation of attacks on immigrants, this exhibition examines the various ways that language and legal systems create internal and external borders based on fear, the criminalization of identity, the economics of migration, and the construction of otherness.

A border can be a physical wall between territories restricting people from moving freely across it, a social construct articulated through language and belief systems, a psychological state, or a checkpoint for the legal system to determine who is accepted and who is not. Humans define themselves in the context of groups framed by these borders. As borders are internalized they modify who we are with categories such as race, gender, religion, ethnicity, and language—ultimately a stereotyping belief system that creates oppressive categories which manifest as racism, sexism, and classism. Borders subjugate cultural identity and exaggerate our differences, but can also cultivate transient cultures and the sharing
of disparate ideas.

While borders are real, they are also permeable—social constructs that require constant re-examination. The artists we have selected explore these ideas and offer a counter discourse. Francisco Donoso's in the installation Finding Form mixes the vocabulary of cartography with an abstract terrain, to question the arbitrariness of borders, the search for a sense of place and the psychological displacement
experienced by migrants.

Alva Mooses’ installation Moving Earth/ Moviendo Tierra examines the legal process of relocating landscape transporting a singular Adobe brick from Northern Mexico to the States. Joiri Minaya’s video Siboney investigates ways of hacking the dominant narrative projected onto us through an embodiment of that projection to create a hyper awareness of our assumptions.

Edel Rodriguez’s drawing of a drowned hand entangled with a red line creates a strong visual statement about violence against people of color. Cuban immigrant Tatiana Garmendia’s video Border Crossing,

Ricardo Gomez’s Labyrinth with Wall (Map) uses a labyrinth overlaid with a map of the Americas and a symbolic representation of the wall running along the US-Mexico BORDER. Felipe Baeza’s, Untitled (so much darkness, so much brownness), 2016, transforms the map of the United States of America through a somber earthy palette, embedding in it a brown figure reminding us of the erasures of native cultures.
Similarly, Mauricio Cortes Ortega’s painting Tio Ghillie is a portrait of a Ghillie Suit (type of camouflage clothing designed to resemble the background environment such as foliage, snow or sand) that suggests that the landscape is greater than any singular force, and to question what can be seen versus what cannot, who is there and who isn’t.

Shahrzad Changalvaee from Tehran uses the vocabulary of sculpture in her creations As Long as it Casts #25, We Thought it is Obvious #1, and We Thought it Obvious #2, 2018 explore materiality, displacement, language, making and hope. Maria de Los Angeles’s wearable sculptures and installation of drawings bring on the undocumented citizen, the psychological impact of migration, biculturalism, and the ethical questions surrounding undocumented migration. Her imagery is a composite of current events, memories, imagination, myth and biographical truth.

Internalized Borders encompasses experience by a range of individuals from all over the world and to further expand on the impact of our otherness, we have selected several works from Migration Now, which address corporations profiting from the detention centers and the devastating impact of
immigration policies on indigenous peoples, families, children, members of the LGBTQ Community, and Muslims.

Internalized Borders features works by Felipe Baeza, Ricardo Gomez, Dina Burtszyn, Ryan Bonilla, Maria de Los Angeles, Alva Mooses, Mauricio Cortes Ortega, Constanza Alarcón Tennen, Francisco Donoso, Shahrzad Changalvaee, Edel Rodriguez, Tatania Garmendia, Deborah Faye Lawrence, Joiri Minaya, Jodie Lyn-kee-Chow, Patricia Cazorla, and Nancy Saleme.

Curated by Maria de Los Angeles and Susan Noyes Platt

This exhibition was made possible by the sponsorship of the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies.

For more information please contact:
The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
John Jay College
860 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Gallery Hours: 9- 5 PM, M – F

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City
University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students
from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society
and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law.
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Location Information:
T-Building - Haaren Hall  (View Map)
899 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Room: 6th Floor Gallery

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