My Grandmom and Me (Self-portrait 19 09 19)
  • My Grandmom and Me (Self-portrait 19 09 19)
  • A6
  • Digital montage on photo paper
  • 2023

Immigration Centuries
June 30 – July 30, 2023

The annual postcard show is based on the theme of Immigrant Centuries from Alberto Ríos’s poem of the same name.

Published in 2020, Ríos’s poem reflects the debates about immigration that dominated that year’s presidential election, spurred by then-candidate Donald J. Trump’s call for Muslims to be denied entry to the country and for a physical border wall to be built between Mexico and the United States. But its title reminds the reader that American immigration has a much longer history. Marked by a tension between surplus and scarcity, the poem juxtaposes concrete statements about current economic conditions with more abstract invocations of feeling and shared humanity.

The exhibition shows postcard-sized work (4 x 6 inches) in any medium relating to any of the themes articulated in Ríos’s poem.

As an artist with a western immigration background Lique decided to make a digital montage of a photo from her Indonesian Grandmom in combination with a photo from her photo diaries (Self-portrait 19 09 19). In 1946 she and her family moved to the Netherlands after surviving the Japanese POW camps.

Wed–Sun, 12–6pm

A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn NY