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Lisa Karrer (b. 1957), Station 1 from SHELTER, 2020; Courtesy of the artist

Lisa Karrer (b. 1957), Station 1 from SHELTER, 2020; Courtesy of the artist

Lecture / Discussion  |  SHELTER: Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7–9 pm

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is excited to present a roundtable discussion focusing on the refugee community in Buffalo as part of our current exhibition by Lisa Karrer, SHELTER. We will be joined by representatives from Jericho Road, Journey's End, Stich Buffalo, the Priscilla Project, the Anne Frank Project, and the International Institute. SHELTER seeks to illuminate the critical role played by the City of Buffalo, where refugee organizations intersect with local communities in vitally important ways, by chronicling human truths and experiences of displaced people who lack safe homes or communities to function within. Individuals in these traumatic circumstances quickly lose their sense of personal identity: they become disconnected, vulnerable to mental and physical states of deterioration and dissociation. SHELTER seeks to heighten public awareness of the importance of Buffalo, which serves as a critical sanctuary for refugees. The event will be streaming from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Facebook page, as well as on Zoom. The Zoom link is attached below:
 
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: SHELTER: Roundtable Discussion
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SHELTER is a gallery-sized installation by interdisciplinary artist Lisa Karrer, a Buffalo native, for the Burchfield Penney Art Center. This multi-arts project incorporates audio soundtracks and green screen video projections embedded within a “city” of ceramic architectural forms.
SHELTER seeks to illuminate the critical role played by the City of Buffalo, where refugee organizations intersect with local communities in vitally important ways, by chronicling human truths and experiences of displaced people who lack safe homes or communities to function within. Individuals in these traumatic circumstances quickly lose their sense of personal identity: they become disconnected, vulnerable to mental and physical states of deterioration and dissociation. SHELTER heightens public awareness of the importance of Buffalo, which serves as a critical sanctuary for refugees.
SHELTER presents us with the content and confluence of lives, much like our own, disrupted by vicissitudes of displacement caused by fear and global terrorism. The installation offers us opportunities to recognize ourselves in the narratives of people who find themselves displaced, and who desperately seek what many take for granted: a home, in a community where one can participate, contribute, and evolve on a daily basis.
In its totality, SHELTER links viewers to the shared familiarity of everyday life, and leads them to contemplate what for most of us is unthinkable: existing for months or years without home or status, unable to contribute towards the well-being of family and community, with selfhood essentially unrecognized. The untenable and life-threatening situations of refugees, unthinkable to most of us, should be revealed and understood in light of who they are: our fellow human beings, with the same rights as we have.