Home | Free addresses a diasporic longing for a physical and psychic home in a time of increased voluntary and involuntary mass migration of black bodies. Through an interdisciplinary practice of performance, video, installation, photography, objects, and mark-making, artist Helina Metaferia presents the complexity, transformation, and rebellion that come with migration, immigration, and gentrification. Home | Free explores the use of home-building materials as art objects and the visual language of maps, lines, text, and movement — all tools to help the body navigate the world.
Helina Metaferia Biography
Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist, working in the areas of performance, video, installation, photography, sculpture, and mark-making. Her work investigates the role of the body as both subject and object in art, and transnational identity, diaspora, and gender in the context of her Ethiopian-American heritage. Metaferia completed her Masters of Fine Arts at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has exhibited solo and group shows at venues such as the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Museum of Modern Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), International Visions Gallery (Washington, DC), and Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago, IL). Metaferia is also the recipient of the Boit Award, Montague Travel Grant, and Boston Arts Commission Public Art Grant. Her artist residencies include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. She is currently a 2015-2017 AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow at San Francisco Art Institute, where she teaches performance and new genres in the graduate and undergraduate departments.
This exhibition was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant.