Chiron by Adelita Husni-Bey
The centre piece of Adelita Husni Bey first solo exhibition in the US, is Chiron, a film featuring members of UnLocal, a non-profit law firm that provides free legal representation to undocumented immigrants in New York City.
Chiron suggests that pain is not limited by national borders and protected by law, but vicariously affects the diverse groups involved in the proceedings of immigration processes. Excess of trauma spills beyond the confines of the self, and in the questions surrounding immigration, trauma is not neatly contained by the target victim. In this sense, the work’s objective is to reclaim the potential of collective healing from something as brutal as segregation by nation through the work and attention of accomplices and awareness of how the law weighs differently – though nevertheless impactful – on different bodies.
Black lit textile banners emblazoned with immigration acts are placed throughout the space. Produced in collaboration with Kvadrat, these create a ghostly, three-dimensional setting allowing viewers to traverse as they approach the film itself.
Chiron is the second commission in Kvadrat’s partnership with New Museum.