“I grew up in Iran, but I was from Iraq. Then I came here, to America, and I still continuedRead more
Discussion/tour of exhibit with school group, hosted by curator Tricia Khutoretsky. This event is closed to the public – if you would like more to set up a discussion and tour of the exhibit, please contact Tricia Khutoretsky.
DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2012
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Given the Western obsession with gender issues in Middle Eastern societies, it is no surprise that women have taken center stage in the rhetoric of Western media. This has been fueled even more by the role women are playing in the tumultuous Arab Spring uprisings. Unfortunately, not much has shifted in the controlled and contrived representation of Iraqi women by Western media. Factor in a contemporary art world that is generally male dominated and often ignorant of the Middle East, and the cards are stacked against this lesser-known perspective.
NOT ABOUT BOMBS addresses how a female perspective can fit into the modern context of turmoil and conflict through art and avoid falling into the typical ways that women are represented… and misrepresented. The women in this exhibit contribute art that is visually and conceptually accomplished, but unpredictable and emotionally engaging. Because if anything, as a long, drawn-out, mind-numbing war comes to a “close,” emotional investments in Iraq are few and far between.
NOT ABOUT BOMBS will open at Intermedia Arts on February 3rd, 2012 and run through March 3rd, 2012. The exhibit will feature photo-based works by 5 contemporary, Iraqi female artists. The 5 artists have exhibited artwork worldwide and have been selected for this exhibit based on aesthetic quality and conceptual depth.
Featured Artists: Sama Alshaibi, Dena Al-Adeeb, Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, and Julie Adnan.
We hope to see you at the exhibit!
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If you would like to schedule your own group discussion and tour of the exhibit, please contact:
Program Manager / Curator, Iraqi Art Project
This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Co-Presented by Intermedia Arts.
This presentation is a part of Intermedia Arts’ Catalyst Series.
Opening reception sponsor: Bryant Lake Bowl
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) supports reconciliation between Iraqis and Americans through art, education, health and cultural exchange programs. Based in Minneapolis, MN, IARP has hosted high-quality exhibits in the Twin Cities and outstate Minnesota for five years. IARP partners with local universities, social service organizations, and other arts organizations to bring arts programming to refugee, immigrant, veteran, rural, and youth populations. IARP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
IARP works closely with our nonprofit partner in Iraq, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT). In addition to arts programming, IARP and MPT also provide opportunities for Americans to directly support the basic needs of Iraqis through water, sanitation, and healthcare projects, and facilitates the sharing of expertise among Iraqi and American professionals to help rebuild a country devastated by war.