Both Sandy Carson and Emma Whelan spent half their lives growing up in other countries. Yet, By No Means addresses the perspective of these American immigrants and their multinational experiences. Using photography and projections, Carson and Whelan’s work explores physical and psychological boundaries, overlapping interpretations of both belonging to and being separated from the past. Through images, both artists set notions of “home” against the perceptions of their new environment.
Concurrent with the opening reception, Center Space Project presents a night of projections featuring found slides and Super 8 films from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Collected from locations around the globe by Sandy Carson, these slides will appear with selections from abandoned home movies reminiscent of the American Dream. The two immigrant artists will contest the ideology of American-ness through their juxtaposed projections, which question and negotiate the idea of home and belonging.