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EMW Gallery presents "Nowhere To Call Home"

  • EMW bookstore 934 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)
Poster Design by Jeffrey Cott

Poster Design by Jeffrey Cott

Thank you for joining us for our Gallery Opening on Friday, May 27. Please visit us during our gallery hours!"

Gallery Hours

Every Saturday 12 - 4 pm, Wednesday 6 - 8 pm
Open May 27 to June 29

About Nowhere To Call Home

The art exhibit, "Nowhere To Call Home" takes its name from a film by new director, Jocelyn Ford. A rare glimpse into the world of a Tibetan farmer named Zanta, the documentary explores the discrimination she faces in as a widowed woman in her village and as a Tibetan in a Chinese city, where she flees to give her son an education and better future. After moving to Beijing, Zanta becomes a street vendor and meets Jocelyn, an American journalist and former radio correspondent on the lookout for grassroots Tibetan voices. What began as a conversation and Boston Globe news video sparks a storm of artistic exploration - Zanta in original jewelry designs and Jocelyn in documentary film.

With no formal training, Zanta and Jocelyn's artwork reflects an authenticity driven by honest storytelling, deep self-discovery, and creative perseverance as outsiders living or witnessing social prejudice in China. While retaining aspects important to her culture (yak skull beads, coral and turquoise), Zanta's jewelry is infused with philosophy and her religion.

This exhibit is the first ever to showcase Zanta's contemporary Tibetan jewelry designs alongside Jocelyn's award-winning documentary work. In addition, the show builds upon the titular film in two parts: Part I examines the unlikely friendship between these two women, who opened not only each other's world geographically but creatively. Part II explores broader social issues faced by women - like Zanta - caught between patriarchal village hierarchies and ethnic discrimination.

Both Jocelyn and Zanta are based in China.

Zanta's unique jewelry will be on sale for $13 - $195. Cash + card accepted.


About Gallery at EMW

With mediums ranging from photography to painted works and sculpture, EMW gallery showcases works of artists from local marginalized communities. The curated pieces voice the stories and struggles of our communities through historic, comedic, technologic forms and beyond.