Cover artwork: Boat Travelers by Robert H. Bein
Softcover: 95 pages
Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora is the result of the collaboration between SAQA and the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Thirty-nine pieces of artwork were selected by Jurors Lee Talbot and Rebecca Stevens. This timely exhibition will showcase the wide range of talent of our SAQA members - selected pieces include art quilts, 3-D works, large installations and video.
In addition, the exhibition will feature social, cultural and historical commentary by faculty members of George Washington University’s acclaimed program in Diaspora Studies. Artists invited by the Textile Museum will also participate in this ground-breaking exhibition
All works reflect upon the theme of “Diaspora.” Diaspora is the dispersion of a people from an established ancestral homeland. These communities remain simultaneously active in social, economic, cultural, or political processes in their country of origin and with compatriots worldwide.
A migration of peoples from their ancestral homeland impacts every aspect of their life. The sudden displacement of large populations and the ensuing establishment of resettlement centers to provide basic human needs — food, clothing, shelter, health services, and safety (particularly that of women and children) -- often requires a worldwide response.