Justseeds: Migration Now!

Aug 14, 2017 - Mar 11, 2018

The Box Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street, Newark NJ 07102

Lalo Alcaraz, "Migration Now!" 2012, screenprint, courtesy of Justseeds

Lalo Alcaraz, “Migration Now!” 2012, screenprint, courtesy of Justseeds

Justseeds is a loose print collective with members working in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers who believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action.  This exhibition is constituted by one portfolio they produced on the theme of migration.  Justseeds want to re-imagine migration as an inevitability, as a social practice that is not to be prevented but to be related to, like weather. All migration starts with social relationships. When people move, they are going either towards their families or communities, or more often, away from them. They move to help their relatives, or support them by leaving. People migrate because their homes stifle them, because those homes become burdens they need to shed in order to have full lives. They move in search of opportunity, or to escape their past, or to simply survive. They move because of lies they are told and that they come to believe, and they move to fulfill the most beautiful and fragile of dreams. Migration is fundamentally about our right to move freely across planet Earth, in search of our fullest and best selves.

Opening reception for ‘Justseeds: Migration Now!’ will be on Saturday October 7th, 2017 from 3pm – 5pm at the second floor lobby in Express Newark Hahne’s Building. RSVP on Facebook.