1:00 hr, copper, sheet rock, monofilament, 2012.
installation view: Happy Collaborationist Exhibition Space
Photography by Josh Korby
New Colossus, first exhibited for the Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival satellite Triage, responds to the shifting opinion of immigration through history. The copper pipes hang freely on the opposite side of the wall of Jesus Mejia & Ruth, chiming when the door opens.
Referencing the sonnet written by Emma Larazus inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, Jesus Mejia & Ruth combine the arrest of the body with the free conduct of wind. Written by Larazus, "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," Jesus Mejia & Ruth describe two motions: the invitation represented in the Statue of Liberty and the surrender required to call this country home.