"Shadow Stories and Matters of Time" brings together three contemporary artists, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Christopher Myers and Kambui Olujimi, who focus on the transformative aspects of storytelling, time, migration and light, as metaphors for contemporary realities. Through found materials and crafted objects, each creates narratives that reflect lived experiences and make social commentary that references recent and historic events related to issues of race, migration and social justice.
"Shadow Stories and Matters of Time" is curated by artist Hank Willis Thomas as part of For Freedoms, an organization that believes citizenship is defined by participation, not ideology. Through nonpartisan nationwide programming, For Freedoms uses art as a vehicle for participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values. For Freedoms is a hub for artists, arts institutions and citizens who want to be more engaged in public life.
The exhibition includes a site-specific wall installation created by Bhaumik, utilizing soil from Tule Lake Relocation Center, an internment camp in California near the Oregon border that had a peak population of 18,789 people of Japanese descent from 1942 to 1946. The work references the artist’s heritage and brings scrutiny to the forces of xenophobia that haunt the present.