Yasmeen Nematt Alla | The Moon was the Earth’s Debris

Yasmeen Nematt Alla | The Moon was the Earth’s Debris

Technical design: Jen Rathlin

The Moon was the Earth’s Debris is an interactive installation that speaks to the unavoidable assimilation of immigrant children in foreign communities. Our parents carry the guilt of their choices and we carry the weight of their expectations. Like the Moon, a child born from the Earth, we have become an entity of our own yet cannot escape the orbit of the ones that gave us these choices in the first place. It is both our responsibility and neither of our faults. As the audience enters the space, they can witness the effect of their presence on the moon, and the immigrant children who must adapt in order to survive.

Yasmeen Nematt Alla is an Egyptian-Canadian artist whose practice approaches immigration and refugee narratives from an interpreter’s perspective. As someone who lives between cultures, she deciphers the language barriers that are attached to alienation. This extends to creating gestures of care and empathy, ones that are founded in exploring solitary experiences and discovering points of connection within them. She considers how art making can bridge the gap between what we know and what we hope to understand. Entranced by the power of text and its ability to dialogue with the onlooker, she creates sentences that act as portraits for herself and those who share similar circumstances.

Instagram: @yasmeennematt

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