Un|Fixed Homeland, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, 2016 Catalog: Un|Fixed Homeland - Page 10

Foreword Victor L. Davson, Founding Director The late Claudine Brown helped me to appreciate the unique value of small art groups as feeder institutions within a larger ecosystem. Guest curator Grace Aneiza Ali fills me with great pride as we gave her the same opportunity we gave the now international renowned curator Okwui Enwezor over three decades ago—a first curatorial endeavor to provide a platform for a community of artists who have been largely marginalized. Un | Fixed Homeland is rigorous in its scope. It is a thoughtful framing of objects with a deep and sustained relationship to a broader discourse in contemporary art and culture. Indeed, Un | Fixed Homeland was well received in the art press. The thirteen artists in the exhibition demonstrated a more compelling command of their formal means than I usually experience in an exhibition of this kind. The effective exhibition design of Joey Rizzolo juxtaposing photography, painting, collage, video, and installation, weaved a metaphor of place, which resonated with the trauma of global migration in our time. We are grateful to The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for supporting the research for Un | Fixed Homeland with a curatorial fellowship. Many thanks to Merrill Lynch and Aljira Trustee Pat Bell for sponsoring the closing reception and dinner. Without the tireless striving of Aljira’s staff this project would not have been possible. 10 Keisha Scarville Untitled (detail), from the series, i am here, 2013 Archival digital print 24 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist 11