For immediate release: November 23, 2010
DIRECTOR: Mr. Navorski?
Sorry to keep you waiting.
I’m Frank Dixon, Director of Customs and Border Protection here at JFK. Which means that I help people with their immigration problems. We’re looking for an interpreter for you.
[to OFFICER] How are we doing on that? Do we have an interpreter?
[OFFICER doesn’t respond]
DIRECTOR: [to NAVORSKI] But I understand that you speak a little English.
DIRECTOR: You do?
DIRECTOR: Good. I hope you don’t mind if I eat while we talk. I’ve a bit of bad news.
It seems that your country has suspended all traveling privileges on passports that have been issued by your government. And our State Department has revoked the visa that was going to allow you to enter the US. That’s it in a nutshell, basically. Anyway, it seems that while you were in the air there was a military coup in your country. Most of the dead were members of the Presidential Guard. They were attacked in the middle of the night. It was a terrible firefight. They got it all on GHN, I think. There were few civilian casualties. I’m sure your family’s fine.
OFFICER: Mr. Navorski, your country was annexed from the inside. The Republic of Krakozhia is under new leadership.
NAVORSKI: Krakozhia! Krakozhia … Krakozhia.
DIRECTOR: Right. I don’t think … uh … he gets it. Er... Let me... OK. Look.
Imagine that these potato chips are Krakozhia.
DIRECTOR: Er ... So the potato chips are Krakozhia.
DIRECTOR: And this apple ...
NAVORSKI: Big Apple. Big Apple.
DIRECTOR: ... Big Apple represents the Liberty Rebels. OK?
[DIRECTOR punches the bag of potato chips with the apple]
DIRECTOR: No more Krakozhia! OK? New government. Revolution. You understand?
[NAVORSKI is silent]
DIRECTOR: So, all the flights in and out of your country have been suspended indefinitely. And, the new government has sealed all borders, which means your passport and visa is no longer valid. So, currently you are a citizen of nowhere.
OFFICER: Now, if we could get you new papers we can’t process until the US recognizes your country’s new diplomatic reclassification.
DIRECTOR: You don’t qualify for asylum, refugee status, temporary protective status, humanitarian parole, or non-immigration work travel or diplomatic visas. You don’t qualify for any of these things.
You are at this time simply... unacceptable.
Excerpt from The Terminal (2004) starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Stanley Tucci, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and distributed by Dreamworks Pictures.
Galeria Pedro Cera is pleased to present The Unacceptables, Ricardo Valentim’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, featuring two new works produced this year entitled The Unacceptables, and Reference Piece for “The Unacceptables”. The opening reception for the show will take place on Saturday, November 27th, at noon.
Ricardo Valentim (born in 1978, Loulé, Portugal) lives and works in New York. He is best known for his film screenings and lectures, but works across a variety of media, including radio, printed matter, photography, and sculpture. His work has been shown in many international venues including Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2006), unitednationsplaza at e-flux, New York (2006), Manifesta 7, Trentino – South Tyrol (2007), Frac Île-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris (2007 – 2008) and Museu Serralves, Porto (2009 – 2010). Valentim also contributed to Das Erziehungsbild. Zur visuellen Kultur des Pädagogischen (The Education Image. On the Visual Culture of the Pedagogic) edited by Tom Holert and Marion von Osten and published by Schlebrügge.Editor / Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien. Currently he is preparing a large publication in collaboration with Pedro Barateiro entitled Activity, to be released in March 2011 as part of the Christoph Keller Book Series for JRP | Ringier, Zurich. In November, Valentim was announced as a 2010 Visual Art Grant Recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.
Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM