Migration 4 - Charlotte, NC

We continue developing the main components of project:

1. The creation of an original musical score and sound installation by American composer/musician, Todd Clouser collaborating with Syrian trumpet player, Milad Khawam. Inspired by personal stories of those who experienced displacement, the sound installation score will be used in the next WSHUD art exhibition and developed for a full-length, multi-disciplinary, dance-theatre production, HEAVEN.

2. A two-phase group art exhibition aligning with the project’s goal of creative dialog.

3. A collection of archived interviews in an openly accessible online database.  


Community activities include sneak peaks, artist talks, public forums, creative workshops, pop-up exhibitions and interview sessions presented in Charlotte, emphasizing the inclusion of underserved areas with large immigrant populations like East Charlotte.


Calendar and Scheduled events/activites:


*March 17, 2018, Poets Cabin

Community Bead Project and Potluck 

materials provided, free 

In collaboration with We See Heaven Upside Down artist//colleague, Cannupa Hanska Luger

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Queer and Trans People BEAD PROJECT


Charlotte participants: Moving Poets Charlotte, Carolina Clay Connections, CPCC - Ceramic Dept.


*April 21, 2018, Queens University, Duke Auditorium

DREAM America: Arts Advocacy Forum

Curatorial Activism: Panel presentation featuring Sonya Pfeiffer owner/director of Elder Gallery Contemporary Art

& MyLoan Dinh, visual artist & founder of We See Heaven Upside Down

Sponsored by Queens University Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice



*April 23 - 27, 2018, Davidson College

Inseparable Stranger: Interactive Map Installation Workshop & Artist Talk

Student Union, room 209

Workshop 4:30-6pm, Artist Talk 7 - 8pm

Sponsored by Davidson Refugee Support - free admission


Participate in an interactive map installation addressing the basic questions of identity as it relates to challenges of migration, displacement, identity and home. Join us for a free workshop, as we respond to the dialog questions, build the interactive map and explore our inseparable connection to one another. The installation began in Berlin in 2016 and will migrate and grow to other cities and towns internationally in the years ahead. Thus far, hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds have participated.  Dialog Questions include:  What is home? What is family? What is a woman? What is a man? What is a child? What do you miss? What do you wish for? What is freedom?


*Pop-up Book workshop

International House - Sept 2018, tba

materials provided, free 

1:00 - 6:00pm


*Pop- Up Exhibition and Potluck

International House (date tba)

Community showcase of Pop-up Books

free and open to the public


*Central Piedmont Community College - Levine Campus (fall semester 2018)

The Artery interactive collaborative installation with creative writing students


*May 2, 2019 - June 15, 2019

We See Heaven Upside Down - Two phase group exhibition

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art

Opening reception Friday, May 2

participating artists tba



More info, dates and locations TBA


Future migrations: 

Tepebasi Eskisehir, Turkey 

Mexico City, Mexico - dates TBA


If you are interested in bringing the We See Heaven Upside project to your gallery, museum, creative space or educational institution please contact us. 


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