CROSSINGS is a site specific installation by Yu-Wen Wu and Harriet Bart
at the Perlman Museum: 38' video and 6 tons of river rock
We walk for the pleasure of wandering and thinking, for exercise, as a communal activity, to reach destinations and, in some circumstances, for survival.
It is impossible to avoid daily reports of the current global forced displacement of populations. In the UNHCR annual Global Trends Report: ”The number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 had risen to a staggering 59.5 million." Worldwide forced displacement as of 2017 has risen to 65.6 million (UNHCR).
Our installation, CROSSINGS, calls attention to this global crises. Under boundless skies and beautiful landscapes are borders and fences. The numbering of rocks and the scrolling of numbers in the video underscores the staggering amount of refugees. How many steps must these people take to reach a place they can call home?
CROSSINGS continues Wu's work on migration.
Crossings at the Flaten Museum/ Satellite installation
2:38' HD video, river rocks, pine 2x4
Flaten Art Museum/St Olaf College