This Second installment of the social injustice contemporary work addresses the issue of cultural misrepresentation and generalization, acquired through both public schooling and our consumer-driven society. The work challenges the audience to not only seek out answers from their immigrant ancestors but to also give back as a libation to society with their work of social awareness.
America is home to immigrants from all over the world, and our diversity encourages the questioning of both our personal and national identities. What is the American dream? Who's to say there is only one? Do our ethnic backgrounds, beliefs and theories become esoteric due to overarching societal views and our aesthetically-driven culture?
We accumulate layer upon layer of judgements and opinions as we grow from toddlers to adults, but do the clothes on our back really represent who we are at our core? We're living in a vast jungle of different identities, often estranged from or ostracized by others, despite the fact that we're all seeking the same thing - harmony
Installation designed by: Arien Wilkerson, Joe McCarthy, Peter Adrian (Sandbox Arts), Azua Echevarria (Age into Beauty) and Justin O’ Brien
Sound Designer/Composer: Arien Wilkerson, The Ellis Island Band,( Sam Francis King, Travis Golden, Andre Harris, Emily Peterson, Keila Myles, Dwayne Keith) and Wrex Mason.
Pre-Show Performances & Feat. Artist: The Ellis Island Band ( Sam Francis King, Travis Golden, Andre Harris, Emily Peterson, Keila Myles, Dwayne Keith)
New Cast: Jakar Hankerson, Rosanna Karabetsos, Kailah King, Tiger Luangpraseuth, Henry Olivo, Amy Merli, Arien Wilkerson.