InTransit: Art & Migration around Europe is a multisite installation forming a pathway that connects the Nasher Museum of Arts’ Incubator Gallery, the Ruby’s Maker’s Space; the John Hope Franklin Gallery, the Rubenstein Library’s Stone Gallery and Digital Wall and the Carrack Gallery in downtown Durham. On Sept 13, the Nasher installation opening with the group and student involvement; on Sept 20, the John Hope Franklin Center opening; on Sept 24, the Rubenstein Library opening, with lecture; and on Sept 27 the Ruby installation will include a small concert by Kinobe, the Ugandan traditional musician. Cornered will move in November to The Carrack.
At the Nasher, fall 2018
At the heart of the project is the small installation at Nasher’s Incubator Gallery, exploring the arts of migration with artworks from Islamic Spain, Africa, and Northern Europe. Viewers will discover an ensemble of works of early modern art juxtaposed with contemporary creations – rarely if ever seen together. The Catalan Atlas (1374, in modern painted form) with period astrolabes will create coordinates for the installation. Spanish painting, digital images of an early modern aljamiado book, written in Arabic script, French etchings and prints from local, national and international collections will be displayed with artwork of today's artists – Annette Messager, Barthélémy Toguo, Pedro Lasch.
Barthélémy Toguo, New World Climax, Illegal, 2011, Nasher Museum Duke University
At the Rubenstein Arts Center,the Ruby, fall of 2018
An original dimension of the exhibit is "Cornered" a commission from contemporary artist, Raquel Salvatella, originally from Spain now living in the US, who proposes a new sculpture and multimedia called Cornered that recreates the intricate artistic, architectural and geometric patterns found in Islamic art as part of an immersive multimedia experience evolving around emigration from the African Continent to the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta which share borders with Morocco. Raquel’s work is to be shown at this additional site of the inTransit exhibit route.
Students in the various seminars co-taught by Helen Solterer, Elvira Vilches, Marianne Wardle, Roberto Dainotto, Pedro Lasch, Raquel Salvatella, and Deborah Reisinger will be working on various aspects of these exhibits, in addition to pursuing their own work using museum collections.
At the Duke Libraries fall of 2017
A special exhibit of the photographs of Patrick Kinsley, photojournalist of The Guardian specialized in contemporary migration and official photographer of MOAS (Mediterranean Offshore Aid Station) will be shown to mark the publication of his book The New Odyssey and Duke’s library acquisition of Kinsley’s series on Lampedusa in the fall 2017 and again in the fall of 2018. fall 2018. In conjunction with the Nasher installation, other panels from the Catalan Atlas will be shown at the Rubenstein Manuscript and Rare Book Collections, together with other rare books and contemporary works.
At the Kenan Institute
The Kenan institute works with over 100 students on themes related to forced displacement and dispossession: on exodus from regions of conflict in the Middle East, involving many who travel to Europe through the Mediterranean; on the Irish and Northern UK migrations; and on refugees from natural disasters in the Caribbean. Through discussions of academic scholarship, in-depth journalism, oral history recording, and documentary arts this learning community aims to record oral histories and produce a body of work that is relevant as well as both analytically and emotionally compelling. Works partially produced and curated by students under the auspices of Bass Connections, Story+, or the Hult Prize at Duke (in Collaboration with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) will be shown at the Kenan in ways that will enable students to participate in other related projects.
Catalan Atlas, Abraham Cresques, 1374,
Paris, BNF, mss. Esp. 30, detail
At the John Hope Franklin Center
French Photographer Eric Leleu's Art Installation "The Jungle of Calais" will feature an original photography documentary of the experiences of migrants seeking to cross the English Channel, stranded in Calais, and how this flow of people, ideas and artifacts has marked the French city of Calais and its surroundings.
As part of inTransit, the center will also host a series of guest speakers (see schedule) and round tables in their series "Observatory on Europe."
At The Triangle
In the Community
Under the leadership of the inTransit working group and Dan Ellison, local galleries and art spaces are considering shows for the fall 2018 around the general subject of migrations through different bodies of water: the Mediterranean sea and the Channel along the “Pas de Calais”, but also the Gulf of Mexico and the Río Grande.