María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Meanwhile, The Girls Were Playing
Meanwhile, The Girls Were Playing is the third part in a series of installation works by Boston-based artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons which explore issues of transnationality and cultural migration/displacement, through the lens of the artist’s experiences as a Cuban expatriate living in the U.S.
The new work forms a microcosmic landscape with hundreds of jewel-like blue, green, and yellow cast glass stars, flowers, and trivets spread out in concentric circles across the gallery floor. Video projected onto a skirt-like bundle of fabric extending outward from the center of each grouping of glass objects depicts activities that repeat the motif of an endlessly, and identically, repeated activity, or cycle: birds circling a birdfeeder, children playing jacks, a top spinning. Implicit in these vivid images is the landscape of childhood, a protected world insulated from the conflicts — political, social, and cultural — of adulthood.