Stories of Migration Highlight New Exhibit, ‘Documented: The Community Blackboard’

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Documented: The Community Blackboard was a site-specific space created by artist and educator Muriel Hasbun for the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. (2006).

 

The experience is now taking place at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, which is nestled amongst a vibrant community of immigrants from all over the globe. The interactive piece is community-based, and as such, is continually transformed by its participants, who are invited to write their own story of migration and post their family photos onto the gallery walls.

 

A collage-like bilingual sound piece, streaming into the space, weaves together Muriel Hasbun's own reflections on migration as gathered from oral testimonies and other aural impressions  recorded in El Salvador, as well as from excerpts of poems that she wrote

when she first came to the U.S. in 1980.

 

Documented: The Community Blackboard invites the visitor to activate the space by sharing his/her/their testimonies, "voices and silences, from here and from over there."

 

(January 14 - March 9, 2019)

 

Brentwood Arts Exchange: 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD 20722. TEL: 301-277-2863; arts.pgparks.com.

 

 

 

 

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