Sabrina Amrani is please to present “Displaced Identities” a proposal for ARCO E-xhibitions presenting works by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee, Alexandra Karakashian and Edison Peñafiel. With very different backgrounds and cultures, the 3 young artists have a shared inheritance: the three had experience, in different levels, the felling of to be unhomed. In periods of crisis people, feel obligated to migrate to a new place, a country, where to call home. But how can we adapted to a new culture and language? How can we let go of our history and traditions?
In the works presented, we see the different experiences of Hyunsoo Lee, a Korean American who explains how the clash of two very different cultures can affect the construction of the self, Karakashian, a South African whose family needed to escape from their original Armenia during the Armenian Genocide and Peñafiel, an Ecuatorian American who brings into his pieces the immigrant experience. In the three cases, identity shifts and builds upon the resettlement and a generational nostalgia.
Nostalgia often emerges after displacement as individuals attempt to regain a sense of identity continuity through recognizing and redefining a shared past. The results in identity discontinuity, nostalgia repairs by creating a shared generational identity to mend the lost one.
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