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Maya Erdelyi | Walk Cycle
September 11–December 22, 2017
Fall Visual Artist Residency

Animator Maya Erdelyi presents Walk Cycle, a project born from both a deeply personal experience and the refugee experience as a whole. Erdelyi will explore possibilities for constructing a series of wheatpaste posters depicting images based on her grandmother’s long midnight walk through the forests of Hungary to escape the violence of World War II. When visually sequenced together by the viewer, the posters will animate into an actual walk cycle, moving through many different kinds of walls and spaces, including neglected spaces, which reference the need for some refugees to survive by not being seen.

Erdelyi will reach out to refugees or descendants of refugees in the Boston area, perhaps including their stories into her work with the addition of recorded interviews. The concept of the Walk Cycle, in Erdelyi’s own words, “connects the physical act of [walking] to the unnerving reality that we are living in a time of seeing history repeat itself.”

 
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Ngoc-Tran Vu | Made Elsewhere
January 29–May 11, 2018
Spring Visual Artist Residency

Visual Artist Resident Ngoc-Tran Vu’s project Made Elsewhere explores issues of migration and displacement, particularly of refugees and immigrants, through cultural exchange and storytelling. Working in collaboration with Boston refugee and immigrant organizations to visually preserve the stories of marginalized communities, Vu uses fine arts and creative collaboration to reimagine and restructure the status quo, using the multiple meanings of found, discarded materials to provide a direct connection to issues of immigration and globalization.

The artist will use the residency to create a prototype of a larger project constructing a new vision of the Statue of Liberty using recycled and found materials. The public sculpture will then premiere at the Heritage Museum & Gardens’ Commemorations show from May 20–October 8 in Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. In the meantime, please visit the project’s blog for more updates and see the artist’s process.

 

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