Sympathy for the translator

On View from October 7 - December 10, 2022 
Exhibition Reception: 
Friday, October 7, 5-8pm
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design
ICA Gallery hours:
Wed–Sun, 11:00am–5:00pm, Thursday, 11:00am–7:00pm

Curated by Daisy Desrosiers, Director and Chief Curator of the Gund Gallery, Sympathy for the translator is an exhibition investigating the politics of translation as a productive site of connections. The exhibition brings together an array of practices that touch upon language making, memory, and notions of intimacy, as well as issues of visibility. Sympathy for the translator presents works on paper, film, sculpture, print, and installations as prompts to look more closely and experience the artist as a translator and the role of translation practice in artistic propositions. The viewer is invited to experience the cacophonic opportunity to be lost in languages and to question that space as one of tremendous potential; one that is embedded in the ways we use, convey, and comprehend tongues.

Artists include: Jesse Chun, Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Renée Green, Bouchra Khalili, Christine Sun Kim, Tony Lewis, Kathleen Ritter, Caroline Monnet, Cherrie Yu

Generous support for the exhibition is provided through the Moser Family Foundation and the Jeremy Moser and Laura Kittle Fund.

The exhibition will travel to the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College in the Spring of 2023


Click here to view a digital version of the exhibition catalog


Curator tour: Daisy Desrosiers, October 7 (5:30PM) | Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA&D | Guest curator Daisy Desrosiers in conversation with Director of Exhibitions, Julie Poitras Santos

Artist Lecture: Tony Lewis, November 7, (12:00-1:00PM) | Osher Hall, Maine College of Art & Design

Featured image: Renée Green, Space Poem #7 (Color Without Objects: Intra-Active May-Words), 2020. Poly Duck, 28 banners, each: 42 x 32 in. Edition of 1/3 + 1 AP. Image courtesy of the artist and Bortolami Gallery, New York.