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North to South and Back::Lina Dib

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North to South and Back::Lina Dib

May 4 – July 7th, 2019

Opening Reception May 4th, 6-9pm

Zugunruhe is a word used to describe a certain kind of restlessness animals exhibit when they feel the compulsion to migrate. This urge to move was first reported by farmer and amateur naturalist Johann Naumann in the early 1800s. He noticed that caged migratory birds would flutter anxiously and show signs of shifting sleep patterns around the time that other birds of their species were beginning to migrate. Lina Dib’s multi-channel sound installation, North to South and Back, reflects on this observed urge to move. The work is composed primarily of bird sounds and focuses on species that migrate yearly through Houston, TX and the surrounding region. The compositions that make up this piece also include these bird sounds made by human immigrants residing or traveling through Houston, such as the artist herself. North to South and Back points to Houston’s diversity and highlights various ways that life on earth is marked by, and even sustained by, movement.

Zugunruhe isn’t the only force driving populations to traverse perilous distances in order to thrive. Several of the bird species featured in North to South and Back are in decline due to climate change, encroachment and deforestation. Acting as ghosts in the system and sentinels for the future, songs of extinct birds also join the choruses of migrating birds and humans.

This exhibit is made possible in part by the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance. Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and to the participants who contributed sounds.

Lina Dib is a multi-disciplinary artist and anthropologist. Her processes of research/creation have been supported by Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Idea Fund Grant, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and AMIDA’s European training program, among others. Her work has been presented at venues including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Johnson Space Center NASA, Day for Night, Yerba Buena Gardens, MOP Projects Sydney and the Whitney Biennial.
www.linadib.com


galleryHOMELAND reopening and rebranding!

This November galleryHOMELAND takes ownership of its new Headquarters  located at the heart of Houston’s 2nd Ward and East End. Executive Director Paul Middendorf has been brought on full time by The galleryHOMELAND board and the organization has signed a 6 year lease on its new building.  After a long hiatus of a permanent location gH reopens and rebrands as Space HL!

From Then to Now

galleryHOMELAND started as a grassroots organization and non profit in Portland Oregon in 2005 and opened a second location in Houston Texas in 2012.  Working vigorously across the country and after 10 years gH closed its Portland branch and made its HQ and home solely in Houston TX.  Now galleryHOMELAND is growing once again. What was once a small experimental exhibitions and events space has become so much more and has expanded on its vision more than ever.  galleryHOMELAND now becomes Space HL!

Space HL – Same organization Same grand Vision!

From civic involvement and social engagement galleryHOMELAND has worked on new projects and initiatives locally, nationally and internationally.  As Space HL and with its new location in Houston’s East Side, we have opened a second location, annex, and creative incubator. The annex is in Partnership with the organization Swale run by NYC artist Mary Mattingly and group project Swale on the Historic Governors Island in NYC. With this new bold move and cultural exchange we will be hosting and featuring visiting artists Bret Shirley for the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Back in Houston Space HL opens its doors to a new season of programming and bold events with such experimental projects as Dallas based installation team Jeff Gibbons and Greg Ruppe and local composer and avante garde performer Lynn Lane and his project Transitory Sound and Movement Collective.  End of November Space HL brings back it culinary and famed Chef event Scratch, making its elevated take on the traditional “bake sale”. The popular event happens the Sunday before Thanksgiving and features executive chefs from around the city. Space HL ends the month on November 30th with its lavish membership dinner and VIP event giving members and participants an exclusive look at its new programming and vision.

That’s not all! Space HL continues its celebrated events like artists funding event Sunday Soup, experimental music series, and will be participating in a Spring project in collaboration with Gabriel Martinez and the Smithsonian Museum featuring Latino Artists across the region and beyond.  Space HL opens its doors in November with new project by Jeff Gibbons and Greg Ruppe and will have its grand opening group show in December. Stay tuned for more. We are back and more dedicated than ever.