If history tells us anything, it’s that cultures and populations are not static. Societies shift and populations move, driven by war, poverty or persecution, and pulled by opportunity and hope.
Migration and Immigration are emblematic of the American condition. African Americans moved from the rural South to more industrial areas of the North in what became known as the Great Migration. Likewise, hundreds of thousands of European immigrants crossed the ocean often fleeing political or religious persecution in their homelands;thousands throughout Latin America and the Caribbean have journeyed north in search of better lives.
Venezuelan-born Carola Bravo, explores the themes of change, exile, assimilation, and hope in her new work, inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s seminal work, The Migration Series (1940-41). Known for her site-specific installations and videos that address space, time, and shifting territories, she mines her personal immigrant story for inspiration.
Bravo utilizes digital projections of migratory birds, yellow butterflies, weathered suitcases, and white doves to evoke political, psychological, poetic, and pragmatic manifestations of the contemporary migrant experience.