Refugee Nation, Yara Said, “Flag” (2016)

Through works created in a range of media, the artists in DISPLACED: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis ask us to bear witness to the highest levels of human displacement on record and imagine futures where migration is essential for survival.

The exhibition poses questions around the global refugee crisis that address the urgent social, political, and environmental issues framing the circumstances of displacement. Amid current tensions surrounding border security and the ongoing forced migration of people around the world, Displaced looks at the complex issue of human displacement from many perspectives, experiences, and cultural vantage points and seeks to serve as a catalyst for compassion and activism by reigniting a sense of common humanity and understanding across communities.

Artists and artworks include:

  • Harriet Bart (US) & Yu-Wen Wu (Taiwan/US)
  • Candice Breitz (South Africa)
  • Reena Saini Kallat (India)
  • Hew Locke (UK/Guyana)
  • Cannupa Hanska Luger (US)
  • Guadalupe Maravilla (El Salvador/US)
  • Richard Mosse (Ireland)
  • The Refugee Nation featuring Yara Said (Syria) & Moutaz Arian (Syria)
  • UNITED for Intercultural Action’s The List
  • with Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow (China)

Special programming includes Beyond Borders, a collaborative series of installations and events organized by SITE Santa Fe, the School for Advanced Research, and the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. Beyond Borders’ inaugural exhibition, participatory art project Hostile Terrain 94, intends to call attention to the realities of migration and border policy in our hemisphere. It is scheduled to open in Santa Fe on May 8–10.

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DISPLACED: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis is on view at SITE Santa Fe (1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM) from March 21 through September 6, 2020. The exhibition is curated by Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator, and Brandee Caoba, Assistant Curator at SITE Santa Fe.