Event - (Offsite) The Window Project Opening

(Offsite) The Window Project Opening

07.01.16, 5:00 pm

Location: IMI Corona, 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue, next to the 111th Street Stop on the 7 Train.

Queens International 2016 artist Mohammed Fayaz collaborates with IMI Corona (Immigrant Movement International), the Museum’s community outpost in its immediate neighborhood of Corona, Queens for an iteration of The Window Project: Rest in Power, a site-specific window installation and event program series honoring the lives of Black and Brown victims of police brutality with the intention of building solidarity and challenging internalized racism within the immigrant community.

For this installation, Fayaz worked together with the Museum’s Queens Teens program to investigate the intersectional politics at stake for transgender detainees being held at ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Detention Facilities. For this installation, the group chose to create a composition honoring activist Grace Lawrence, a transgender woman from Liberia who was incarcerated by ICE for 3 years and due to her gender identity was held in solitary confinement for the majority of her incarceration. The installation intends to create space for a deeper narrative of Grace’s life, where we not only honor Grace’s struggles within the carceral immigration systems but will also celebrate her life, resilience, and resistance in fighting for other transgender immigrants currently in detention.