Home for a migrant is a moment of pause, a profound moment of memory, because ‘Home’ for a migrant exists in an interval; between the home that they knew, the nostalgic space, the home of uncertainty, of self-exile , forced through (often extreme) circumstances to create a home in a foreign land. An immigrant transits between these two notions and no sense of place, a journey accompanied by the unknown, forming a personal and collective cloud. It is a cloud composed of questions, fears, desires, hopes, and memories; that could harbor empathy or hate, to be embraced or persecuted. This cloud extends across the border, perpetuated by language that separates and dehumanizes, that neglects the dignity and value in one another; and a lack of connection that builds understanding and empathy across the divide, the border is not only fiscal wall, it is a division much deeper division than partition.
Migrants and their journey reside in a cloud of physical and psychological displacement between a home that no longer provides shelter or opportunities and a new home where a possibility of re-invention and agency could potentially exist. It is an elusive, uncertain space, where opposites coexist -like exploitation and humanity-, where the "other" remains permanently the "other”, more often than not pausing to the question of where home is.
Along the border between the US and Mexico, this cloud looms particularly densely. Nearly 750 migrant deaths have been reported along the southern border thus far in 2022 alone, an all time record. Water jugs left by and for migrants along the treacherous journey are just one marker of this humanitarian crisis.
The Nomadic House Project is a mobile installation and open platform for collaboration, solidarity and resistance to both the multi-layered violence in Ukraine and the repetitive and extensive displacement of communities around the globe. We are seeking collaborators to utilize the platform to catalyze dialogue and action to benefit victims of the war both in the immediate and in the aftermath when the conflict no longer occupies the headlines, supporting displaced peoples trying to restart their lives, and fostering empathy and connection as transnational citizens.The project is open and active. To learn more or how to get involved, click "view project".VIEW PROJECT
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