theaster gates' amalgam exhibition at palais de tokyo explores social histories of migration
 

theaster gates' amalgam exhibition at palais de tokyo explores social histories of migration

chicago-based artist theaster gates explores social histories of migration and interracial relations in an entirely new project at palais de tokyo in paris. marking his first solo museum exhibition in france, the project examines a specific episode in american history as its point of departure.

theaster gates' amalgam exhibition at palais de tokyo explores social histories of migrationimages by andré morin

 

 

theaster gates reflects on the history of land ownership and race relations in the northeastern united states through amalgam, the starting point of his new project at palais de tokyo. the exhibition uses the story of malaga island in the state of maine, where the poorest population – an interracial, mixed community of about 45 people – was expelled from by the state governor in 1912. considered ‘indolent’ by many of the local white inhabitants, these people were forced to relocate throughout the mainland, while some were even involuntarily committed to psychiatric institutions. amalgam, a term which was also used to denote racial, ethnic and religious mingling in the past, has given rise to new perspectives in gate’s practice, expressed through cinematographic, sculptural and musical explorations.

theaster gates' amalgam exhibition at palais de tokyo explores social histories of migration

theaster gates' amalgam exhibition at palais de tokyo explores social histories of migration

 

 

project info:

 

name: amalgam

artist: theaster gates

curator: katell jaffrès

location: palais de tokyo, 13 avenue du président wilson 75116 paris

duration: 20/02/2019 to 12/05/2019

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