Displaced: Raida Adon's Strangeness
University Museum of Contemporary Art (151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01002, Amherst MA)
Born into a multi-faith Palestinian family in the bi-national city of Acre, Israel, Raida Adon is an acclaimed multi-media artist, and television, theater, and film actor and director. This 2018 large-scale video installation *Strangeness* (running time approx. 30 min.) invokes experiences of displacement, as well as enduring journeys in search of Home. Interweaving a rich array of archetypal, historical, and biographical threads, *Strangeness* creates riveting audiovisual fabrics, which reflect human fragility and resilience, agony, and hope. The work unveils harsh truths about our broken world through the prism of Adon’s unique, unbridled imagination. This exhibition was organized by the Rose Museum at Brandeis University. It is supported with a generous grant from the Women’s Fund of UMass.