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Global Reach Inc., installation view Andrea Meislin Gallery 2011
GLOBAL REACH INC,

A body of work titled Global Reach Inc. thoughtfully examines the contemporary movement and relocation of people around the world as well as the growing commercialization of immigration. Transforming the exhibition space into the headquarters of the fictitious travel conglomerate - Global Reach Inc. - we have created a world where mobility is fluid and visas are cursory. Both the physical and the performative aspects of Global Reach Inc. speak to the dissonance between those who want to move and those in this world that need to move.


RELOCATION CONSULTING SERVICES
Participatory project at Andrea Meislin gallery, NYC February 26 - April 16, 2011

By taking advantage of our Relocation Consulting Services Relocation Consulting Services during bi-weekly office hours, visitors had private consultations to determine their ideal country to relocate to for a few years, or more. After conducting a visual quiz, we run responses through an unique ranking system to establish the country most suited to them and provide information and facts, the cheapest available airfare there, and even on request a 'human link' for their arrival.

Facilitating the concept of "global living" by supporting the opportunity of an individual to find their own happiness in the best place possible for them. A complete service helped visitors determine everything from finding the best country for them all the way to realizing concrete travel and migration plans.

SERVICES OFFERED:

1.YOUR IDEAL LOCATION - establish which of the world's countries best suits your personality.TAKE A VISUAL QUIZ NOW
2. FACT SHEET -a printed, personalized fact-sheet. Once an ideal location has been determined, the visitor is provided with a customized fact sheet, listing information about the country, quotes of the cheapest flight there, suggestions on relocation and other related facts.
3. HUMAN LINK - when requested, the artists provided a visitor with a contact person at his/her ideal destination. Artists found a contact person through their network of friends. the service were rendered on a case-by-case basis. A visitor can contact the reference to ask further questions and hear first hand accounts of life in the place that may be their new home. SEE VISUAL QUIZ REPORT



GLOBAL REACH INC. / MIGRATION A TO Z
2011
195 postcards 5.5 x 4.25 inches each
wood board 80 x 80 inches, edition of 3


Global Reach Inc. / Migration A to Z is a collection of 195 uniquely designed postcards, one for each independent country, arranged in alphabetical order.

For each postcard, we used relevant landscapes to replicate generic postcards. In the middle of each, we placed an insert selected from government immigration websites, visa services, travel agencies, immigration-lawyer ads, news articles, online forums, Facebook or YouTube.

Migration is presumed to be a problem of only well-off countries overwhelmed by renegade immigrants and transient populations, but today all countries confront some such form of trespassing. In our research, we found a news headline from May 19, 2009 that reads, "Two Tajik Families Illegally Crossed Border Into Afghanistan To Live In Islamic Country," and on May 11, 2010, we encountered a Yahoo forum user inquiring how to move to North Korea to teach English.

Each country develops a unique set of immigration policies. They have slogans like "Australia is Looking for You," "Ghana Immigration Service: Friendship with Vigilance" or "Romania Office for Immigration: Legality, Transparency, Respect." They secure borders, complicate visa processes and contribute to the global immigration bureaucracy and business.

The installation encompasses the often-homogeneous promotional ephemera of tourism and immigration. The countries so whimsically promoted both feed the global immigration business and create stricter conditions for those willing (or needing) to relocate. These generic representations carve singular national identities, but the subtext unites each government in the dilemma of both attracting and controlling newcomers.
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WHICH COUNTRY IS THE BEST TO MOVE TO?
2011
series of 11 works on paper
pigment print, enamel paint, paper 30 x 44 inches each

Eleven unique works on paper in the Which Country is the Best to Move to? series capture the particular difficulties or benefits of immigrating to specific locales.

For Which Country is the Best to Move to? we spent a lot of time on the online public forums researching the discussions about the benefits and disadvantages of moving to one county rather than the other. What factors are taken into account? What makes one country more attractive that the other? Interestingly, we found that most of the people considering moving to a country are not taking into account its economic and political situation as much but look into its climate, nature and lifestyle instead.

After gathering quotes from the online public forums, blogs, magazines and countries' official advertising, we combined them with pigment re-print of archival photographs of early 20th centuries immigrants and hand painted abstract patterns referring to that country's flag.
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Relocation Consulting Services, installation view

Global Reach Inc. / Migration A to Z

Which Country is the Best to Move to?(France) 2011

Which Country is the Best to Move to?(Costa Rica) 2011

Which Country is the Best to Move to? nstallation view 2011