Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 from 6pm to 9pm
Free, $8 Suggested Donation
For June First Friday, Hillyer presents three exhibitions, including solo exhibitions featuring artists Pietro Ruffo and Tyra Mitchell, and group exhibition Artists in Exile: Art as Fabric for Healing, presented in partnership with Common Humanity. June First Friday is sponsored by Cabot Creamery Co-operative.
In CONSTELLATIONS/MIGRATION, Pietro Ruffo draws inspiration from geographers, cartographers, and astronomers of antiquity to tackle the timeless mysteries of human movement, conflict, and assimilation. Assuming that migration and resettlement have always been central to the survival of species—whether human or animal—the artist explores these elusive themes in a series of extraordinary works that reflect on the ancient frictions and fusions between peoples, places, and cultures of the world. Tyra Mitchell’s Raising Our Youth is an exploration of young families who inhabit Washington, DC and how they are navigating through their heavily gentrified hometown along with the many obstacles of parenthood—all while highlighting the beauty that still resides in the former “Chocolate City.” Artists in Exile: Art as Fabric for Healing invites audiences to see their own common humanity with the featured artists, six Iraqi refugees who have relocated to new countries through the United National High Commissioner for Refugees. Featured artists include Ahmad Abdulrazzaq, Khalid Alaani, Amer Ali, Majid Hashem, Omar Odeh, and Wadhah Mahdi. This exhibition is presented in partnership with Common Humanity.
Tyra Mitchell (Washington, DC): Raising Our Youth
Raising Our Youth is an exploration of young families who inhabit Washington, DC and how they are navigating through their heavily gentrified hometown along with the many obstacles of parenthood—all while highlighting the beauty that still resides in the former “Chocolate City.” Through film photography and VHS video, this body of work aims to encapsulate the stories of Washington, DC’s natives, how gentrification has affected our city’s rich culture, and how it affects generations to come. Raising Our Youth is meant to start a conversation surrounding what it’s like to be young and raising a family in your hometown that now feels foreign.
Tyra Mitchell is a visual artist born and raised in Washington, DC. Tyra has spent the previous 5 years living and working in New York City. While there, she has had the opportunity to partner with many other creatives and brands. She gained her start by interning and freelancing enough to eventually make a name for herself in the creative community in New York. Her photography work has been featured in various publications, most notably Opening Ceremony, Refinery29, and W Magazine. Tyra has now relocated back to her hometown to raise her family and create work that explores her upbringing in DC and its distinct culture. Tyra is a strong believer in creating spaces for marginalized communities. Her latest venture, Art Mom Project, is an online platform that serves as a safe space for creative mothers to share their artwork and stories.
Artists in Exile: Art as Fabric for Healing
Artists in Exile: Art as Fabric for Healing brings together paintings by six artists whose works respond to a shared experience of exile from their home country of Iraq, each relocated to new countries through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Sorrowful, vibrant, and tender, this exhibition presents the dynamic forms of contemporary Arabic calligraphy, nostalgia through abstract landscapes inspired by childhood vacations in the Iraqi countryside, and striking portraits evoking displacement and impermanence.Featured artists include: Ahmad Abdulrazzaq, Khalid Alaani, Amer Ali, Majid Hashem, Omar Odeh, and Wadhah Mahdi
This exhibition is presented in partnership with Common Humanity, a non-profit organization based in New York City which seeks to build understanding, respect and friendship with the Middle East and Muslim world, believing that that the road to peace in the Middle East lies in recognizing the humanity of people on all sides of conflict. On June 20, 2019, the world will observe the United Nations’ World Refugee Day. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence.
Pietro Ruffo (Rome, Italy): CONSTELLATIONS/MIGRATION
For an artist, it is always a unique challenge to glean new insights from complex phenomena, such as that of human migration—an ancient, mysterious process that involves many peoples and nations and a welter of data and cultural forces. InCONSTELLATIONS/MIGRATION, Pietro Ruffo draws inspiration from the geographers, cartographers, and astronomers of antiquity to tackle the timeless mysteries of human movement, conflict, and assimilation. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, and is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities through a Sister Cities grant.
Pietro Ruffo (b. 1978) studied Architecture at the University of Rome before moving to New York for a research scholarship at Columbia University. Since 2004, he has been working in Rome from his studio at Pastificio Cerere. Ruffo’s art investigates the great issues of universal history—especially individual freedom and dignity, which are constantly threatened by the ongoing homogenization contemporary society. Ruffo’s main solo exhibitions include: “Constelacoes Migracoes”, Centro cultural Correios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; “L’illusion parfaite”, Galerie Italienne, Paris; “Terra Incognita”, Delhi; “Breve storia del resto del mondo”, Fondazione Puglisi Cosentino, Catania, Italy; “SPAD SVII”, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; “The Political Gymnasium”, Blain Southern London; “A complex Istant”, Moscow, special project for the Fourth Moscow Biennale; “Irhal Irhal”, Lorcan O’Neill gallery, Rome.
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