The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) at Arizona State University held a juried exhibition in which artworks address the theme of The Humanities and Immigration, Migration, and Movement for its fourth annual contemporary art exhibition.
Because the humanities include academic disciplines that study human values, ideas and idea systems, and experiences-- past, present, and future-- the concepts of immigration, migration and movement are of particular interest to humanists. Movement characterizes human history: ideas spread, civilizations expand and contract, resources ebb and flow. The movement of people, ideas, and resources has been a catalyst for change, innovation, and growth. The movement of people, resources, and ideas both create and refashion cultural and national identities. At the same time, immigration laws often inhibit those movements. Movement may undermine cultural values and assumptions. Spreading ideas may erode humanity’s visions of progress.