The Man from Eritrea

EV GALLERY 621 East 11th St New York, NY 10009.  July 16th 2021-August 13th 2021

Yoshiko Chuma dances at opening

Jack Edward Martin performs at the opening.  Wall-sized scrolling narration of the full text, word for word, of a conversation I had with Dawit Kahsay as he described his travels from Eritrea Africa to Texas.still from the motion-activated projection
Jack Edward Martin performs at the opening.
Interactive projections, paintings, and scrolling projections of a word-for-word conversation I had with Dawit Kahsay as he described his travels from Eritrea Africa to Texas  In May I visited Casa Marianella a shelter for refugees in Austin Texas, where I interviewed several of the residents.  Here is where I met Dawit Kahsay, a refugee from Eritrea, who was the inspiration for this piece.
He did not want his image recorded, so just the words he said are projected in the gallery window and his voice can be heard through headphones and his narration is provided as written text.
This projection plays throughout the night, every night,  7 PM — 7AM. Physical paintings and  motion-activated animations (which describe his journey) surround the scrolling projection.

The Man from Eritrea was the first offering from

“…and also with you”

“…and also with you”: a NYFA funded, multi-platform project, which creates documentaries, paintings, motion-activated projections, and immersive installations based on the personal stories of refugees and immigrants
Yoshiko Chuma dances at opening
Yoshiko Chuma dances at opening
download: narration Dawit Kahsay.  

motion-activated projection of various imagery (found, filmed, painted, animated) that illustrate his journey over land and sea.

description of the installation
still from motion-activated projection
Zlata Berman, Esq gives a talk on refugee law
Zlata Berman, Esq gives a talk on refugee law at the opening
Yoshiko Chuma dances at opening
Yoshiko Chuma dances at opening

 

The opening includes a public lecture by a Zlata Berman, Esq. on refugee law
“Border Lands” oil on wood 12×16 2020
“Border Lands” oil on wood 12×16 2020
Women and children in line at the border; watercolor and gouache on paper 14 x17 2021
Women and children in line at the border; watercolor and gouache on paper 14 x17 2021

“order wall at dawn” oil on wood 12×16 2020
still from motion activation projection
still from motion activation projection
“yellow land border wall” oil on wood 12×16 2020