Transcending Borders – Immigrant Experiences and Dreams Public Art Installation at Artists’ Row

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Jun 1 @ 9:00 am - Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm

New Derby Street
Salem, MA


Jun 1 @ 9:00 am
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm
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Artists’ Row
New Derby Street
Salem, MA United States
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In May Artists’ Row will also welcome Julia Csekö as Salem’s 2024 Public Artist in Residence (PAiR) on Artists’ Row.  Csekö will hold regular open studio hours from May to December on Artists’ Row, 24 New Derby St, Salem MA and will present her participatory public art installation, Transcending Borders – Immigrant Experiences and Dreams, between June and September 2024. The PAiR studio on Artists’ Row will serve as a community gathering point for sharing and celebrating immigration stories. Additionally, Csekö will curate storytelling events and family-friendly workshops throughout her residency.

Transcending Borders features over 2,000 brightly colored ribbons with the phrase “YOU ARE WELCOME HERE” in twelve languages commonly spoken by immigrant populations in greater Boston. The piece is inspired by the Brazilian custom of tying ribbons with wishes around the fence of the historic Church of Senhor do Bonfim in Salvador, Bahia. The project uses innovative QR codes and a mailbox to encourage public engagement and sharing of immigration stories. It includes an augmented reality feature that connects participants to organizations supporting immigrant and refugee rights. The residency will culminate with an exhibition at Old Town Hall in January 2025. Follow Julia on Instagram @SalemPAiR to see what she is up to and learn more!