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Text: How Can We Help

by Sidney Stretz

 

This question seems to be circulating throughout culture right now within many contexts. When something negative happens to an individual, group, or entire population outsiders immediately begin thinking of ways they can reach out, assist, or leave an impact. This desire to extend a hand on a large scale is outstanding. It exhibits empathy, solidarity, and humanity.

In this same vein, why can’t this question be asked on a smaller scale? How can I help you? How can you help your neighbor? How can Greensboro Project Space and The Forge help their community? The intent in posting this question in large text on the roof of a building is ideally to invite the community to reflect on what they may need, and also how they could help others nearby. The actions could be as simple as holding the door for the person behind you, picking up dropped change for a stranger with their hands full, or jumping your neighbors car. These small acts are in a way even more powerful than those that come from a reaction, because in their simplicity they begin to unify everyone in a community and remind us that in the end we are all just human beings.

Sidney Stretz
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Sidney Stretz is an artist and educator from Columbia, MO currently residing in Greensboro, NC. She received her MFA from the California College of Arts and her BFA from the University of Missouri. Her work is influenced by everyday struggles and situations, social anxiety, and failed expectations.
 
 

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TEXT: WHere would you go / WHAT WOULD YOU CARRY 

by The Weatherspoon Art Museum
As part of the exhibition Baggage Claims

Baggage transports and holds our belongings, and by implications our thoughts. This spring the Weatherspoon Art Museum hosts BAGGAGE CLAIMS, an exhibition that looks at trunks, suitcases, luggage, and crates both as objects that suggest the extreme mobility of our global culture and as ideas that refer to the humanitarian and political concerns that instigate this mobility. 

BAGGAGE CLAIMS presents its featured artwork by 17 contemporary artists through the lens of a global mobility. This mobility is the result of political, economic, natural, and social conditions. It affects broad sectors of the population, through the benign commodification of hospitality (think Airbnb) to the horrific displacement of millions of immigrants and refugees as a result of crises occurring around the globe. The works in the exhibition, some humorous, other eliciting heartbreak, address both the personal experience and global policies, as well as the consequences and catalysts of mobility. 

On view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, January 27 through April 22, 2018. Admission and parking are FREE. For details visit: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu

BAGGAGE CLAIMS is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art and co-curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2-curatorsquared. Its presentation at the Weatherspoon is supported by a Kohler Grant from UNCG's International Programs Center and Keker First Year Read, and ArtsGreensboro.

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