Two people embracing in a desert

Gohar Dashti, from the series Stateless, 2014 – 2015; archival pigment print; 36 x 52 inches; courtesy of the artist. 

In Transit

Exhibition runs April 18 through July 14, 2019

In Transit is a multidisciplinary exhibition featuring the work of five artists who have forged relationships with and documented the lives of individuals fleeing intolerable hardship by migrating into Europe over the last seven years. Focusing on the tentative, limbo-like experience of living between different cultures, the selection explores dynamic stories of immigrants and refugees who traverse the no man’s land existing between home and hope. Utilizing photography, performance, and filmmaking, each body of work in the exhibition examines the experiences of those thrust into a culture that is markedly different from their own. The artworks illustrate the physical and psychological challenges, while looking at the deeper discussion of what constitutes citizenship in the wake of these enormous migrations. Through their photographs, the artists strive to disrupt accepted misconceptions about immigration and otherness.

Artists included in the exhibition are:
George Awde (USA/LB)
Gohar Dashti (IR)
Daniel Castro Garcia (UK)
Tanya Habjouqa (JO)
Stefanie Zofia Schulz (DE)

In Transit is curated by Peggy Sue Amison and is a collaboration of Blue Sky Gallery, SDSU Downtown Gallery, and SF Camerawork. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Arts Alive SDSU, Bernard Osher Foundation, LensCulture, and East Wing Doha. Additional support is provided by the San Diego State University Art Council Ambassadors.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, “In Transit,” on April 18 at 5:00 p.m. Mix and mingle with visiting artist George Awde and guest curator Peggy Sue Amison throughout the evening as you view the exhibition. Enjoy special performances by students and faculty from the School of Music and Dance.

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All events are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, April 16
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Lecture by Artist, Gohar Dashti
Hepner Hall, Room 221
SDSU Campus

Thursday, April 18
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception with Artist, George Awde and Guest Curator, Peggy Sue Amison. Dance Performance led by Chuyun Oh, Assistant Professor, School of Music and Dance with Guests
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Thursday, May 16
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Downtown at Sundown
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Thursday, June 20
11:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m.

World Refugee Day / Downtown at Sundown
Programming includes presentations and activities centered around stories of migration and refugee communities from:
Kerianne Quick, Assistant Professor, School of Art + Design
Dr. Kate Swanson, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Jennifer Gonzalez, Legal Communicator, Torchlight Legal Communications
Nish Nalbandian, Editorial Photographer in partnership with Medium Photo
SDSU Downtown Gallery