Wir, nicht wir    |    We, not Us

An Artist / Viewer Collaborative Project

Part One - First Exhibition & Interpretation

Wir, nicht wir examines the disconnect immigrants and their descendants feel with their ancestral land and the place they now call home.

In the first phase of the project, the series in its "half-way completion" state will be exhibited at Trinity+St. Peter's Church in San Francisco where visitors will be asked to write down their experiences in relation to the theme while viewing the works -- family stories, words, or emotions in any language -- and then place those notes into an envelope next to the piece that best speaks to those feelings.

In the final phase of the project, those notes will be both recorded online with the respective piece and incorporated into a new layer of wire mesh and burlap strips -- in visible and concealed form.

Notes on content:

Pink for the living.

Yellow for homeland.

Gold for promise.

Wire for barriers.

Burlap for charity.

Forms in conflict.

Twenty individual works intended for display as one.

The first phase words written on the canvas are in deutsch, the language of Mr. Soetebier's paternal and maternal ancestors. It is also possibly foreign and unintelligible to most Americans. This is by design. The final phase text will be written as given by viewers.