It will never become quite familiar to you is a group exhibition that explores notions of heritage and cultural identity through the works of eight artists who have ties to the United States and the global south. The exhibition aims to mine the personal histories, connections, and relationships that each artist has with their respective nationalities in order to gain a broader understanding of home, ethnic identity, and the immigrant experience.
Heritage is a complex entanglement of customs, histories, and lineage, that can lead to profound explorations of the self. In this exhibition, the artists offer a deeply personal and introspective study into the way their ethnic identities intersect. By studying familial relationships, material culture, language, and bureaucratic processes, each artist poses questions that further investigate what it means to straddle the lines of their own cultural heritage and attempt to reconcile their understanding of the nations and cultures that they were born into. As these explorations transpire, viewers will be given insight into each artist’s relationship to placemaking, tradition, conformity, and belonging.