This is followed by images of multicultural storefronts. The main exhibition includes 5 large paintings in different media–canvas, wood board, fabric–showing the faces of 5 foreign born American subjects facing forward, with video of their back and audio of them speaking encountered at the rear of the paintings.
“People are composites of everything that they see, hear, and feel; they are the sum of their environment. 2 years ago, I moved from New York’s Lower East Side to Jackson’s Heights in Queens. Jackson Heights is missing Manhattan’s $ 12 cocktails or Thursday night gallery openings, but it is the real secne, with music on the street, children dancing to Ranchera at midnight, the exchange of ideas and life that arises organically from the intermixing of people and cultures. One of its 146 languages floats by you as you walk down the street. Asha Bosle mixes with Alejo Duran and then Gloria Gainer. Transgendered Columbians passing out free condoms alongside gay Muslims, their base a Jewish Community Center.
It is not precisely the New York City that has dissipated with time. But that New York City was never precise. And that was the whole point of New York City. It was a feeling, a feeling of life and possibility. That feeling that once permeated the city has now been castaway to a few small islands, islands of people exiled by their homeland into a dirty, loud, free, and uninhibited simulacrum of their homeland.
Why do you leave home to go home? What is the search for? Why here? Who is American, who is the alien? Can we really love each other?”
about the artist:http://www.fluxfactory.org/fluxers/gezi-cao/