Opening Reception for "Passage" by Yorgos Giotsas

Sep 09, 2017 1205

The Italian American Museum cordially invites you to attend the opening reception for: "Passage". A conceptual multimedia exhibit on immigration from Italy to America in the early 20th century and the surge of immigration into Sicily today. Presented by Yorgos Giotsas. Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Italian American Museum - 155 Mulberry Street (Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets), New York, NY

Yorgos uses materials of the earth to bring a tactile feel to his work thus engaging us on the journey. Suitcases made from wire, actual blankets and life vests used by immigrants amidst concrete, stones, sand and sea salt draw the viewer closer to the earth and the humanity of people who risked everything to start a new life.

“Passage” begins with images of Italian immigrants coming to New York in the early 1900’s and continues with heart-wrenching images of hopeful immigrants landing on the shores of Sicily today. He has provided a sensitive narrative via a clever and poignant array of media, devoid of any political commentary.

“Giotsas provides a strong statement on immigration and emigration which forces us all to stop and look at the act of the movement of people in transition,” said IAM President Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa. “He captures both the pain and elation of leaving one’s homeland and settling in a new one.”

A resident of Italy and Greece, Yorgos Giotsas attended classes of painting at the School of Fine Arts in Greece and Graphic Design at Hertfordshire University in the UK. He has lived in London, Istanbul and Athens. Several of his works belong to private and public collections in Greece and elsewhere, including the Museum for Contemporary Art of the 1900s in Monsummano, Italy; the Hungarian Open-Air Museum at Szentendre, Budapest; the Museum Kresow of Lubaczow in Poland; and Queens College and the Consulate General of Greece in New York.

The Italian American Museum is open from noon to 6 PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Suggested donation is $10. R.S.V.P.212.965.9000


SOURCE: Italian American Museum

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