Transborder Art presents “Altar,” an exhibition of multiple site-responsive works, resurrected into one immersive installation in a historic house on Governor's Island. In dialogue with the landscapes of the Catskills, New Mexico, and Finland, as well as Governor’s Island itself, each piece questions our human relationship with the land, exploring notions of empathy, mutuality, and belonging. In the unique site of a house on Colonel's Row, with its militaristic and environmental history, the exhibition emphasizes how colonialism and technology cannot heal the wounds that they have wrought.
Instead, through the contemplation of rootedness, the repetitive rhythms of daily tending, and the mental space of devotion, the exhibition explores the transformative potential of a ritualistic relationship with nature. It presents the idea that an altar is both co-created through the lived experience of each landscape, and something that you carry within yourself, no matter how far you range from home.