"We don't have a clear picture of what peace looks like," says Marlina Gonzalez, curator for a new exhibit at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery called "Instructions for Peace
." She aims to change that through a series of interactive multimedia art installations that contain instructions for peace in the 21st century. The show was first exhibited at the Togonon Gallery in San Francisco as a parallel exhibition to the 2009 01SJ Bienniale in San Jose, California. The pieces at the Nash Gallery include a number of local artists as well as two artists from the original show: Anita Glesta and Fang-Yu Lin.
Still from 'A Circle and Three Lines', 2009 Documentary Film
Gonzalez says that the different artists approached the driving question of what peace looks like from from a variety of angles, such as through the lens of internal dilemma, community conflict, or through issues such as human trafficking and immigration.
Wing Young Huie, who is in the show, draws from his University Avenue Project as "filtered through the theme of peace," says Gonzalez. Some examples of his photographs include portraits of people living along University Avenue who've written statement on a chalk board about how people make assertions about them based on their skin color, or that they are judged by the way they peak. Huie's photographs are presented as a slideshow, where participants are invited to respond by writing on Post-It notes and placing them on a monitor.
Lourdes Cue takes a more metaphorical approach to the question of showing peace. Originally from Mexico, Cue has assembled a river of hundreds of origami boats made out of paper maps and atlases. By folding the maps, Gonzalez says, Cue physically erases the borders that divide people.
Niccu Taffarodi, who emigrated from Iran when she was 46 years old, has created dioramas illustrating memories of her home country, such as traditional holidays, as a way of showing her isolation as an immigrant living in the Midwest.
Rebecca McDonald will show Dreaming in Archives, a collection of family home videos and postcards and journals, unearthing truths through the close look of various objects. McDonald explores her Native heritage, says Gonzalez, not through stereotypes but rather through quiet and subtle ways, such as the translation of "Amazing Grace" into Anishinabe.
In addition to the works shown in "Instructions for Peace," a companion exhibit showing the work of high school students from the Fair School will be on display at the adjacent Quarter Gallery.
Related programming includes Peace Circles, story-sharing sessions held inside or around five of the installations in the gallery. The story circles begin with the personal story of the artist, followed by participants sharing their own stories. The sessions will be audiorecorded for transcription into mini-storybooks, a limited edition of which will be available after the run, and selected stories will be posted on the "Instructions for Peace" Facebook Page
, where visitors will be invited to share their own stories.
Finally, you can download the Instructions for Peace Booklet: A to Z Guide by Fang-Yu Lin
for free on the iTunes App store
"Instructions for Peace"
Through July 20
Katherine E. Nash Gallery and Quarter Gallery
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
There will be a public program at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11 with a reception to follow from 7:30 to 9 p.m.