The Camden Public Library and the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland are pleased to
announce a joint effort, a large art show titled “People on the Move: A Human Crisis, Refugees,
Asylum Seekers, and the Internally Displaced.” On Sunday, February 11, starting at 2:00 there will be an artists’ talk at the Camden Public Library. Titi De Baccarat, Orson Horchler, Veronica Kaluta, and Wendy Newbold Patterson will talk about their work and what moved them to do it.
At this moment, across the world, over 65 million people are living away from their homes,
driven out by political repression, war, famine, and environmental devastation. A small number
of these people, overcoming enormous obstacles, and against all odds, have found their way to
Maine. This show is intended to raise awareness of the global human crisis as well as increase
understanding of why the face of Maine has changed in the last decade. Some of the artists are
recently displaced persons themselves; others are not. All twenty-six participating artists have
shown, in their work, what moves them about this global human crisis. The subjects of five of
the portraits come from the same family of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo,
now living in Knox County.
The artwork, both two- and three-dimensional, varies widely. It includes portraits; scenes of
fleeing refugees; scenes of repression and brutality; symbolic evocations of displacement,
detainment, and death; and symbolic evocations of the ideals of ethnic and political harmony.
The show celebrates the faces and voices of immigrants in our community, allying itself with the
theme of the Camden Conference, “New World Disorder and America’s Future.”