“I grew up in Iran, but I was from Iraq. Then I came here, to America, and I still continuedRead more
Almost a decade after the United States invaded Iraq, the effects of war and occupation remain: deaths of loved ones, violence, and destroyed infrastructure. Yet there is also hope. In a new exhibit presented by IARP at Maple Grove Arts Center, young Iraqi artists bring attention to both the lasting devastation of war and hope for the future.
The exhibit, which runs from October 5 to November 5, is curated by Lauren Traver. Featured Iraqi artists include Tamara and Sundus Abdul Hadi, Jamal Penjweny, and others.
“I do not want to be just
a war victim.”
- Young Iraqi man
Traver says about the exhibit, “As the title suggests, Images of Hope is a collection of art which presents us with representations of a post-war Iraq that looks toward a brighter future. While the overall sentiment of the show is uplifting, the sense of hope is made all the more powerful by the more somber imagery also included. In this predominately photo based collection, the viewer is confronted with two heavily contrasting themes: hopefulness and the stark realities of war that the Iraqi people have been forced to deal with. Images of flight and youth are juxtaposed with representations of loss of family and failed infrastructure.”
|From the series, “Iraq is Flying,” by Jamal Penjweny|
Interested in going to the exhibit?
Dates: October 5 – November 5, 2012
Gallery Hours: Mon 1 – 4 p.m., Tue 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.,
and Thur 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Maple Grove Arts Center, 7916 Main Street,
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Can’t go? View previous IARP exhibits online:
Iraqi Art Project Coordinator, IARP
Executive Director, Maple Grove Arts Center