March 11, 2017 through April 05, 2017

Friderike Heuer • The Refugees’ Dreams

LightBox Photographic Gallery opens “The Refugees’ Dreams” with the artist reception on Saturday, March 11th from 5-8 p.m. Friderike will give an artist talk at 4pm immediately before the opening. Please call LightBox for reserved seating.

This series of photomontages is dedicated to those fleeing their war-torn countries and to those helping refugees settle.

As an immigrant myself I am aware of the difficulties adjusting to a new culture, a new language, the loss of what was and the obstacles to integration. I can only imagine how much harder it is when these changes are forced by the need to escape war zones without being welcome somewhere else. My work tries to address these issues by focusing on what we all have in common: a desire for peace, for absence of harm, for a future that allows our children to grow and prosper. Being aware of what unites rather than separates us from those seeking asylum might diminish the distance between us. Perhaps it will help us to get involved in finding solution to the refugee crisis. That is the hope, at least. ~ Friderike Heuer

For more information or inquiries:
www.friderikeheuer.com

For access to her daily blog about art and politics:
www.heuermontage.com

Bio:
Trained initially as a trial attorney, I shifted careers and immigrated to the US from Germany in 1981. After receiving a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in New York in experimental psychology, I taught Visual Perception, Cognition and Social Psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for 15 years. I am now working as a full-time artist, and my work is primarily concerned with issues of justice, both historically and in contemporary settings, and the consequences of exile and emigration. My recent work has explored the actual and emotional results of displacement (Fugue, On Transience, Affirmation & Negation,) the consequences of reckless political and economic decision making (Free Fall,) and war (The Armed Man.)

The current project consists of three parts: On Transience explored the transient psychological states of immigrants and refugees; The Refugees’ Dreams is focused on what we and those seeking shelter in our country have in common. The third part (working title Transit) is in progress and tackles our dual relationship with mobility – we cherish our own, but want to deny it to those crossing our borders.

Exhibitions and Lectures:

2016
The Armed Man (L’Homme armée) Commissioned montages and video projections for Carl Jenkin’s Mass of Peace by North Coast Chorale
REMAX, Portland, OR. Evolving – Juried Group Show
Lecture on the Emotional Core of Photographic Work to Portland Photographic Forum

2015
Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland OR. On Transience – Juried Solo Exhibit
Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR. The Spaces In Between – Invited show
Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR. Free Fall – Collaborative Exhibit with Steve Tilden
LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria OR. Mother Earth – Juried Group Exhibit
Lecture on the Psychology of Seeing to Portland Photographic Forum
Commissioned wall montage for Olympia Provision NW PDX – The Grinder

2014
Clackamas Arts Alliance, Oregon City OR. Art Contemplates Industry – Juried Group Exhibit
REMAX, Portland, OR. Oregon Impressions – Juried Group Show
Newspace Center for Photography, Portland OR. – Annual Member show
LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria OR. – Annual Member show

2013
Lecture at Portland Art Museum, Portland OR. Carrie Mae Weems – The psychology of implicit racism

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