[A] Portrait of People in Motion

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[A] Portrait of People in Motion

August 23, 2019 - December 15, 2019

[A] Portrait of People in Motion is a community focused exhibition that honors migration stories of Americans, both new and long-established culminating in a new installation at New Americans Museum (NAM).

Over the course the yearlong residency NAM Artist-in-Residence Kerianne Quick and NAM invited the residents of San Diego to share meaningful objects related to their story. The resulting exhibition; paints a portrait of our city through objects brought on – or left behind during – an international or domestic migration journey. Quick utilized digital photography, 3D scanning, and 3D printing technology to digitally record and re-create a translucent version of these items of deep significance. These recreations will be on display along with audio recordings of each individual participant’s story.


The exhibition tells stories through four themes:


Objects Carried documents objects brought on a migration journey and the first-hand story of the person who carried it.


Objects Remembered documents the stories of the things left behind.


Objects of History documents objects carried on a migration journey by a relative, and the second or third-hand stories of ancestors who experienced a migration journey.


Future Objects answers the question “If you had to leave right now, what would you take on your way out the door?”


August 23, 2019
December 15, 2019


New Americans Museum
2825 Dewey Road Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92106 United States
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