These pieces are part of a new series I have developed at D’CLINIC, entitled Migrations. This body of work is inspired by the migration of both birds and humans.
When I initially proposed work for this residency, I was interested in referencing the language of birds and our interpretation of their communication via mnemonic bird calls. However, several ideas came together recently that changed things.
Prior to the my time in Zalaegerszeg I began a book entitled Savage Continent by Keith Lowe. This discusses the massive resettlement of populations within Europe after the Second World War. Shortly after “flying” to Europe for the residency, I had a conversation with my Brazilian roommate, in which she told me about her grandparents’ departure from Eastern Europe for South America in the post World War Two era. I then started to consider my own ancestors’ immigration to the United States at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Eventually, I came to reflect on the current migration crisis in Europe, and specifically in Hungary.
The works shown in this exhibition are a metaphorical synthesis of my thoughts on these topics. In many ways our human “flight patterns” are like those of birds: we travel through the air, across the ocean, and over the land in search of refuge.
Carrie Fucile is an American artist who explores memory, language, and the metaphors of the body through sound, video, installation, and performance. Her work has been presented at numerous venues both nationally and internationally. These include the (e)merge art fair, The Red Room, The Transmodern Festival, Vox Populi Gallery, School 33 Art Center, Current Gallery, The Governors Island Art Fair, ArtNow Miami, The International Streaming Festival, and The Director’s Lounge. Fucile earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1999 and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, the City University of New York in 2006. She lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland and is a Lecturer at Towson University.