ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant
a site-specific installation and solo exhibition curated by Ionit Behar and commissioned by the Spertus Institute, Chicago with support from the Goethe Institute, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Poetry Foundation.
February 1- April 22, 2018
The exhibition responds to the global refugee crisis and the resurgence of xenophobia, and anti-immigrant rhetoric after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The installation includes a selection of photographic enlargements of 19th and 20th century objects and documents from the Spertus Institute collections with a focus on immigration and racism; along with research photographs documenting the construction of “Tempohome Dorf” (“temporary village”) the largest settlement of refugee housing in Germany located behind the landmarked Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. A to-scale architectural floorplan of the “container housing,” built to house the refugees projects across the gallery floor. ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant uncovers the intersections of systems - political, economic, architectural – and overlays pasts and present images and material, in an attempt to address the national and international crisis of migration
Public programs associated with the exhibition included an evening of readings and performances with writer and translator Nathanäel, artist and translator Jennifer Scappettone, and code artist Judd Morrissey at The Poetry Foundation, Chicago; a performance on migration and movement by Cecilia Vicuña, Chilean artist, writer, and activist.
An exhibition publication with an essay by Berlin curator, Bettina Klein and anInterview with exhibition curator Ionit Behar and artist Ellen Rothenberg is available here.