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Art in the Market

Art in the Market
Original installation to open at Midtown Global Market

Minneapolis (April 1, 2014) -- Artist Jackie Hayes is proud to announce the opening of her installation The Swallow Project: Notes From Exile Home on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Midtown Global Market.

The Swallow Project: Notes From Exile Homewill be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The exhibit experience is free, and will close on Friday, April 25. Inspired by a small hand-carved swallow crafted by the artist’s grandfather while in a WWI POW camp, this project invites individuals to identify their own sense of exile and draft an aspirational note to their real or imagined home, homeland or community.

Visitors are invited to enter the installation and write their personal message ‘home’ on placards that hang in the space. At the end of the project, those placards are transformed into small plaques to be taken home by visitors therby sending into flight and into the future, home-bound aspirations.

"The Swallow Project offers an extreme example of how we all simultaneously live with limits and possibilities in different proportions depending on the particular circumstance of our lives," said artist Jackie Hayes.

"This project aims to acknowledge that which limits us, and bring focus to our individual aspirations, our hopes and visions for a better life," she said.

Midtown Global Market, with its diverse gathering of people is an ideal location to reflect across cultures and experience to read other’s notes and reflections. This installation offers viewers the opportunity to experience a collective aspiration for ‘home.’



Jackie Hayes is an interdisciplinary artists rooted in traditions of performance and theories of progressive education. She is of Armenian heritage which is reflected to some degree in all of her work. Hayes has been creating performance and site-specific work with a focus on questions of representation, aesthetics and audience for more than 25 years in Northern California, New York and Minneapolis. She is the founder and director of the Center for Performing Arts in Minneapolis and is currently engaged at Goddard College in Vermont. The Swallow Project is the second installation Hayes has produced at Midtown Global Market. She is currently developing a collaborative performance event set for April 2015 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Midtown Global Market is an internationally-themed public market with groceries, great food and unique gifts. There is no better place in town to satisfy your senses. Located at 920 East Lake Street in Minneapolis, Midtown Global Market contains the best international diversity that has characterized South Minneapolis for decades.

Contact: J. Marie Fieger, Nemer Fieger, 952-278-3140,