Solo exhibition created while in residence with Inscape Arts and Cultural Center of Seattle, an institution located at the site of Seattle’s historic Immigration and Naturalization Service Building.
Permeable Moment suspends in time a moment of permeability in the act of migration. Border areas, immigration services, and the buildings designed to moderate the flow of immigrants into our country are defined by their lack of permeability for many people who they process. For those who are detained or deported, a moment of permeability never comes or may be fleeting. For countless others the rules which grant them permeability are constantly shifting and frustratingly left to the discretion of higher powers.
For my family, our permeable moment came in 2003 when we received our citizenship at INS building in Seattle. For all those who arrive in the United States with the goal of finding a home here, the journey begins with a vision which looks beyond the many barriers which obstructs the path to their dreams.
This installation is intended to represent the dissolution of the structures which act as barriers to those dreams for many. The monumental guardedness of the INS building and its physical features designed to detain, from high brick walls to fenced off windows, are reimagined as soft and impermanent ruins. Within this dreamlike space the relief of a permeable moment holds still.
Photos taken of the residency site, Seattle’s Immigration and Naturalization Service Building.