Freya Powell
“Entre-Deux: From the place that I was born”
Binaural sound, 2017
Duration: 0:07:17

Entre-Deux is a multi-channel sound installation of collected memories on the notion of home and displacement. I often feel that I exist somewhere in between, neither here nor there. Elsewhere. No doubt a common feeling for people who have lived in more than one country. I wonder, how do we define ‘home’? Is it a place? Perhaps in our mother country or where we have settled in our current home. Is it a feeling? Perhaps found in the warmth of family. Or, is it a memory? A smell or a sound that triggers us to reminisce on something that once was. Through a participatory process I received anonymously written musings at home, I then employed new voices to read them and will present them in an interwoven sound installation. As distinctive as each iteration is, there are a few underlying collective notions: Home is a place where… From the place that I was born… The closer we come to finding… To the comfort and familiarity of… These notions of origination, return, and security makes up chapters of voices, which will be projected into the exhibition space through standing speakers. Where one voice pauses, another chimes in offering their perspective.

Freya Powell (New York, USA) Freya Powell uses time-based and linguistic platforms to explore language and its relationship to memory, myth, and history. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at Art in General, Brooklyn, NY (2017), Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN (2017), and Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain (2014.) She has participated in group shows at institutions including MoMA PS1 (NY), EFA Project Space (NY), Queens Museum (NY), Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), and the Bronx Museum, (NY), among others. Most recently she was awarded a development residency at MoMA PS1 (2019), and two New Work Grants from the Queens Council on the Arts (2019 & 2021.) Powell holds an MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY and a BA from Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY.

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