artists & participants
The Neighbors, part two, in two parts
Sanctuary: Andrea Bowers and Home: Andrea Aragón
12.10.2016 - 12.02.2017
For the second iteration of The Neighbors at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, guest curator Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy organizes two concurrent exhibitions: Sanctuary, featuring work by the Andrea Bowers, and Home, presenting work by photographer Andrea Aragón. These dual exhibitions are presented in dialogue and provide alternative perspectives on immigration in the United States.
The Neighbors is part of a series of three small-scale, successive exhibitions of contemporary art organized by guest curator Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy for The Bronx Museum of the Arts.
One of the most socially committed artists working in the United States today, Andrea Bowers collaborates with activists and advocacy groups in the development of most of her projects. In creating the works included in the exhibition Sanctuary, the artist worked with individuals and organizations fighting towards a more considerate and humane treatment of immigrants, whether documented or undocumented. Bowers creatively participates in cause-driven efforts apart from her own art making, but also as part of an expanded practice that encompasses and makes use of her artistic skills and cultural agency. One of the ways that Bowers has actively participated in these efforts is by investigating and sourcing, as well as by creating and documenting imagery, placards, and ephemera of historic and current demonstrations.