Cornered

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Raquel Salvatella de Prada, Cornered, 2018.

Cornered, a video installation by assistant professor of the practice of art Raquel Salvatella de Prada, ran from September 27 to October 17, 2018, and extended the Nasher Museum’s In Transit exhibition to the Rubenstein Arts Center. It represented the motivation and struggles of African immigrants leaving their home country and making an attempt—most often failed—to cross the border from Morocco to the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta, the only European cities on Africa’s mainland. The installation consisted of video projections on a stylized wooden structure that is reminiscent of a Moroccan table. Walking around the structure, viewers experienced atmospheric imagery that captured the contrast between frustration and hope. Salvatella de Prada partnered with musician Jonathan Henderson to develop a musical score that synthesized the migrants’ diverse musical cultures.