June 2, 2016

Displacement:Symbols and Journeys

Rollins College

Gajin Fujita, Demon Slayer, 2015. Spray paint, paint markers, mean streak, 12k white gold, 24k gold and platinum leaf on wood panels. Courtesy of the artist and L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

In our contemporary society, the notion of borders as geographic demarcations with political and economic ramifications is evoked frequently. Some of the artists in this exhibition make works that address directly the multifaceted and complex border region between Mexico and the United States, while others deal more broadly with issues of displacement. No matter how tall or wide the physical border between the United States and Mexico grows, cultural influences will continue to migrate, permeate, and even ignore physical boundaries. Beyond the US/Mexico Border, other boundaries and their political and economic influences shape societies—they can hinder the paths of tourists, immigrants, and most poignantly, refugees. The lines that are drawn between one nation and another can be reformed, the physical boundaries that are built can be traversed, and the creative ingenuity of artists who embody liminal spaces between multiple cultures cannot be denied.

The artists featured in this exhibition refer to distinctive cultural signs, symbols, and/or journeys. A number of works emphasize cultural colonialism and appropriation, while others address immigration, alienation, isolation, and hybridity. Certain works in the exhibition construct new narratives, while others deconstruct myths. Moreover, as a global existence is reinforced, displacement of people and symbols can occur. As a product of physical movement across borders, for some, liminality becomes a powerful reality. This exhibition aims to provide a space to think about immigration and the power of cultural symbols to interrogate politically-imposed boundaries, ultimately encouraging contemplation and discussion about cultural hybridity and the human toll of migration.

The artists whose works comprise the exhibition are: Héctor Arce-Espasas, Shimon Attie, Rina Banerjee, Andrea Bowers, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Yoan Capote, Hugo Crosthwaite, José A. Figueroa, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Gajin Fujita, Meshac Gaba, Ramiro Gomez, Luis González Palma, Alfredo Jaar, Rima Jabbur, Richard Mosse, Shirin Neshat, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Josué Pellot, Sandra Ramos, David Taylor, and Fred Wilson.

Displacement: Symbols and Journeys is accompanied by a publication that includes interviews with artists Hugo Crosthwaite, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, and Sandra Ramos and an introductory essay by curator Amy Galpin. Recent Rollins College alumna Leah Sandler ‘15 and current student and Fred Hicks Fellow Meghan Beck ‘17 assisted with the publication.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Set on the Rollins College campus overlooking beautiful Lake Virginia, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. Its broad scope holdings of more than 5,000 objects range from antiquity through contemporary and include the only European Old Masters collection in the Orlando area, a sizable American art collection, and the forward-looking Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. The Alfond Collection is shown both on at the museum and at the Alfond Inn a few blocks from campus, a visionary philanthropic boutique hotel whose proceeds help fund student scholarships. For additional information, call T 407 646 2526 or visit

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