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New campus art exhibition tackles human rights, justice, and privilege through the prism of outer space

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Megan Lam, who studies architecture design and Gallery Manager, installs a new Gallery 360 exhibit titled

Upon entering Gallery 360’s new exhibition, Infinitude, visitors’ eyes fall immediately on vintage footage from the 1990s of a smiling Jeff Bezos waxing poetic about the internet. The video then jumps to a scene of Afghans in a life-or-death moment fleeing their country by hanging on to the side of a U.S. Air Force plane.

The tension between the two images serves as an artistic take on the forces of capitalism colliding with the stark inequalities, environmental harm, and sociopolitical injustice that play out in society, explains Northeastern’s consulting curator, Amy Halliday. That work, Amnesia Express, by American digital artist Josh Begley, includes footage of U.S. soul and jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron reciting his poem, Whitey on the Moon, tracing earthly inequality at the time of the 1969 Apollo moon landings, to today.

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