We live in a time of vast migrations, of ideas, money and especially people. Migration's internal flip side, immigration, has become a flash point both domestically and abroad, as the nativist political noise machine defines most immigrants as “other,” a potential enemy within, never mind that our own forebears might have once been in that number. Unlike reactionary politics, this Where Do We Migrate To exhibition is very visually muted despite its reverberating video soundtracks. Resonance is the fourth dimension of all art forms and here the tone is sociological yet contemplative, occasionally punctuated with totalizing elements like Xaviera Simmons' wall-size Superunknown (Alive In The), below, a massive display of 42 large photographic color images of boat people copied off the internet, all of them adrift in leaky vessels listing ominously toward oblivion, awaiting “rescuers” who may not arrive.
Where Do We Migrate To?: International Group Exhibition Curated by Niels Van Tomme, Through January 20, Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3805