Dream Acts is an astonishingly complex exhibit that challenges the visitor's understanding of what a community is and can be. The artists spent about five months in the community, getting to know people, participating in activities, and giving out some camcorders.
The community is Abbey Court, Carrboro, home to migrant Latinos and Burmese refugees. Residents are exploited and suffer immense deprivations, but the artists discovered the joy and solidarity of Abbey Court residents, and that was their focus.
The quiet aesthetic themes of the exhibit are borders and barriers and keeping with that theme have erected several short walls on which they dynamically project the images of people, children playing, children hamming it up. On the walls are photographs taken against backdrops of "dreams." There is place for children to draw with chalk, just as they do at Abbey Court.
Of course, life imitates art too. Since the art exhibit residents have been more assertive about their housing rights.
One room is devoted to the paintings of a Burmese refugee, Nine Love. His paintings of life in Burma and the refugee experience are moving.
This is a MUST SEE. Dream Acts is open through July 9, 2-6pm Thursday-Saturday.
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