The Washington County Museum presents Irina Boboia sharing her experiences as a multimedia artist and social justice advocate. This free public event is part of the museum’s Local Story series which expands the definition of ‘a local’ by lifting up the stories of immigrant, refugee and underrepresented community members. This event is in conjunction with an exhibition of her work on display in the Beaverton Building through the month of April.
Attend her talk on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:00pm in the Beaverton Building lobby: 12725 SW Millikan Way Beaverton, OR 97005.
Boboia’s work touches on many subjects, but social justice and equal rights for immigrants and refugees remain central themes throughout. In her project called Two Worlds And Nowhere, from which the work on display is taken, Boboia interviews people about experiences with immigration and displacement, then adds footage and animations that accentuate the storytelling. From her own experience she describes how having to leave one’s familiar cultural context can lead to feeling divided, but also perhaps more open-minded. “Witnessing different cultures, you start to see that each one of them has their own truth,” says Boboia, “so you are more open to the other, because you can see that the other is just like you.”
The Local Story series chooses venues for lectures with an interesting motivation: to bring another layer of meaning to the content of each presenter’s message. In Boboia’s case, the talk and exhibition are in the lobby of the Beaverton Building – right next to the city’s passport office. Boboia describes Immigration as a journey where, unlike traveling for pleasure and enrichment, the immigrant loses their identity in the transition. Often a person’s personal documents become meaningless in a new country, and that loss can have profound impacts. “When my family left communist Romania in 1970 we were stripped of our Romanian citizenship and let go away with a brown passport, valid for a few days only.” The vulnerability of experiences like that continues to inform Boboia’s art and her advocacy for people who face similar struggles today. Hear more of Boboia’s story and see her remarkable work in person at the April 11th event.
Irina Boboia was born in Bucharest, Romania. She produces, directs and edits video, creates computer animation and shoots still photography. Irina received a BFA in film and video from the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles (1984). She has worked and lived in Tel-Aviv, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Portland and she currently resides in Beaverton, OR and works in Vancouver, WA. To view Two Worlds and Nowhere go to Two Worlds and Nowhere on Vimeo.
Local Story is a nomadic public program created by Washington County Museum to raise awareness about the diversity of people who contribute to the living history of this remarkable region. The program comprises a series of individual events organized in direct collaboration with community members, all of which revolve around the theme of locality, personal history, and the pursuit of opportunity in Washington County and its environs. Presentation locations are chosen by each presenter and serve as an immersive backdrop in the telling of their story.
The Beaverton Building houses Beaverton City Hall, the passport office, tourist services and more. Please see www.beavertonoregon.gov for accessibility, parking and other venue details.
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