Belonging and Voice Examined in New Exhibition at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Candice Breitz;  Love Story  (stills), 2016; Featuring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin; Top: Shabeena Francis Saveri, Sarah Ezzat Mardini, Mamy Maloba Langa / Bottom: José Maria João , Farah Abdi Mohamed, Luis Ernesto Nava Molero; 7-Channel Installation; Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Outset Germany + Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg; Courtesy: Goodman Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto + KOW.

Candice Breitz; Love Story (stills), 2016; Featuring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin; Top: Shabeena Francis Saveri, Sarah Ezzat Mardini, Mamy Maloba Langa / Bottom: José Maria João , Farah Abdi Mohamed, Luis Ernesto Nava Molero; 7-Channel Installation; Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Outset Germany + Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg; Courtesy: Goodman Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto + KOW.

I let them in. Conditional Hospitality and The Stranger

Kader Attia; Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015; Installation; 18 films, cubicles, screens, office chairs, and desks, carpet, speakers, headphones; Reason's Oxymorons exhibition view at Lehmann Maupin, New York, 2017; Courtesy the artist, The Collection of The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and Lehmann Maupin; Photo: Max Yawney.

Kader Attia; Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015; Installation; 18 films, cubicles, screens, office chairs, and desks, carpet, speakers, headphones; Reason's Oxymorons exhibition view at Lehmann Maupin, New York, 2017; Courtesy the artist, The Collection of The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and Lehmann Maupin; Photo: Max Yawney.

Omaha, Neb.—Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts invites the public to view I let them in. Conditional Hospitality and The Stranger.  The exhibition will be on view through February 23, 2019.

Amidst declining refugee resettlement and increasing xenophobia in the United States, I let them in. Conditional Hospitality and The Stranger examines who is afforded the right to speak or the ability to be understood amongst dominant narratives and systems. The two-person exhibition features videos by Kader Attia and Candice Breitz. Internationally-renowned artist Attia's two works investigate mental illnesses in different cultures, different approaches to healing in Western and non-Western societies and the power of storytelling to repair in the wake of colonization and globalization. Breitz’s critically-acclaimed immersive video installation juxtaposes first-person stories from people who fled their countries due to oppressive conditions with re-performances of their narratives by two Hollywood stars who are the epitome of visibility. In doing so, she invites viewers to consider how formulas of representation govern whose stories are valued and who we feel empathy for.

For more information about the exhibition visit bemiscenter.org/iletthemin

I Let Them In. Conditional Hospitality and The Stranger is sponsored, in part, by Omaha Steaks and Security National Bank. The 2018 Curator-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, by Carol Gendler, National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 

About Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts supports today’s artists through an international artist-in-residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs. Located in the historic Old Market district, Bemis Center serves a critical role in the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to a global discourse surrounding cultural production today.


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