Location: UCF Art Gallery
We are thrilled to host Lauren Greenwald and Casey McGuire as visiting artists included in the current exhibition Finding Home: The Global Refugee Crisis. Join us for and in-depth discussion of each artist’s work, research, and process.
LAUREN GREENWALD, who received an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico, is an assistant professor of art at the University of South Carolina. Using a pinhole camera, she investigates travel, migration, and the ways in which the perception of landscape is affected by movement. Her photographs of Paris’s grande salles represent spaces of shelter, transition, and liminality.
CASEY MCGUIRE, an associate professor of art at the University of West Georgia, received an MFA from the University of Colorado. Her work, which explores the idea of home and the shifting conception of the American dream, has been exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States. Provoked by the recent housing crisis, the sculptures included in Finding Home employ found materials to address ideas of memory, survival, dislocation, culture, and the body politic.
This lecture is sponsored by the UCF Kurdish Political Studies Program
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Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and inspired by MacArthur Foundation Fellow Dinaw Mengestu’s first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007), Finding Home: The Global Refugee Crisis will be on view at the UCF Art Gallery January 8 – February 2, 2018.
Featuring work by Reem Bassous, Alex Callender, Adrienne Der Marderosian, Pam Cooper, Joe Cory, Lauren Greenwald, Hiwa K, Hyung-in Kim, George Lorio, Casey McGuire, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Binod Shrestha, Eun-Kyung Suh and Lance Winn the exhibition explores borders as geographical and symbolic dividing lines; displacement, asylum seeking, and migration; refugee camps and detention centers; resettlement cities; and political responses to the global refugee crisis.
“After seventeen years here, I am certain of at least one thing: the liberal idea of America is at its best in advertising.” — Sepha Stephanos in The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
(Left image details: Lauren Greenwald, Gare St. Lazare #12, Archival inkjet print, 2017 – Right image details: Casey McGuire, Terrestrial Apparatus Poised for Lights Out, Found wood, audio, and antenna, 2014)