Vision and Voice: Reflections of Immigrant Artists in California

ExhibitionsChandra Cerrito Contemporary

Vision and Voice: Reflections of Immigrant Artists in California

Nov 30 — Dec 21, 2017

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By Curator-In-Residence: Genevieve Hastings
Chandra Cerrito Contemporary is pleased to announce the first curator-in-residence and inaugural exhibition of the Peripheral Visions artist- or-curator-in residence program. Hastings’ Vision and Voice: Reflections of Immigrant Artists in Californiafeatures the work of six extraordinary artists from around the globe.
When he was a young man Vladimir Nabokov left behind his country, his ancestral home, his friends and the upper class life of a noble family; forced into exile after the assassination of his father by the Bolsheviks. He came to America, became a citizen and started again from nothing. As so many do. Here he wrote his best novels and rose to prominence as one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. Had his father lived, had Vladimir stayed in Russia on his family’s estate and never experienced heartbreak or exile as a commoner in America, he may not have produced some of the best novels of the 20th century.
Each of the six artists in this exhibition has forged a way from distant (or not so distant) lands. Coming from happy homes or homes fraught with turmoil, to escape hardship or to explore a place unfamiliar, they came to embrace connections in a “far away” life. Like Nabakov the work of each of these artists has taken shape in the forge of his or her unique immigrant experience.
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Xiaoze Xie, Chinese Library No. 62, 2017, oil on linen