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About the event

Join us in the James Gallery for the exhibition reception of ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant and a gallery talk with the artist Ellen Rothenberg and curator Katherine Carl on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant focuses on the current crisis of migration and the forces of global capitalism by considering connections between past and contemporary issues of migration. The exhibition draws from research Rothenberg pursued in Berlin at Germany’s largest refugee camp, currently housed in the monumental Tempelhof airport, a disused site that was originally designed and built by the Nazis. The exhibition also includes objects and documents, such as passports, birth certificates, comics, and photographs—that represent earlier Jewish immigration and movement—that Rothenberg uncovered in the Spertus Institute in Chicago.

Rothenberg has titled the installation ISO 6346 after the international standard for identification and marking of shipping containers, such as those being used to house refugees at Tempelhof airport refugee camp. The word “ineluctable” in the exhibition title (meaning: inescapable, unavoidable) was first used in print in 1623, notably at the same time as the words “immigrate” and “migration.”

The exhibition and programs are open from Wednesday, February 6th through Saturday, April 13th, 2019 in the James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Click here for more information about the exhibition and related programs.

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