Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Iliana Emilia García

In The Pursuit of Happiness, originally commissioned for NLE exhibition If You Build It, Emilia Garcia employs the chair as symbolic motif to consider the emotional topography at the crossroads of international, national and community identity. Quoting one of three inalienable rights as articulated in the Declaration of Independence, and as promised to American citizens, the seven wooden chair marionettes bear inscriptions that speak to the diversity and resilience of the movement of people. Allegorical narratives and questions of belonging weave through Garcia’s works, touching on themes of migration, community, and salvation.

The Pursuit of Happiness for No Longer Empty, If You Build It, 2014
Wood, ropes, wires
Installation dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Courtesy of the artist and No Longer Empty