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IARP is helping an Iraqi artist, Fatin Al-Jumaily, apply for the summer Women’s Art Institute at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The following is a message from Fatin (thank you to IARP Board Member Salam Murtada for the translation):
Curated by Tricia Khutoretsky and presented by IARP, 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 exhibit will open at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on March 9, 2013. Featured Iraqi and Iraqi-American women artists are Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Julie Adnan, Dena Al-Adeeb, and Sama Alshaibi.
IARP is a sponsor of a new exhibit opening on February 25 in Minneapolis, The Dance of Words, a group exhibit of artworks that reference the use of text and calligraphic traditions found in many languages and cultures. Iraqi-American artist Ayad Alkadhi is among the featured artists. The exhibit is organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Arab American Cultural Institute in Minnesota.
Dates of Exhibit: February 25 – March 15, 2013
Exhibit Location and Hours: Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
On January 24, 2013, IARP co-hosted a reception with Iraqi and American veteran authors and filmmakers. The featured authors and filmmakers were refugees, immigrants, and veterans who created books and videos about their stories in Veterans Book Project workshops with IARP and The Advocates for Human Rights in 2012.
The reception was co-hosted by IARP, The Advocates, and the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas. To view the books and videos online, visit http://iraqiartproject.org/bookmaking-and-videomaking/.
The TC Daily Planet featured our upcoming reception with Minneapolis Iraqis and veterans who have made books and videos about their experiences with the Iraq War:
Luke Wilcox of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project told TCDP about the January 24 reception for U.S. vets and Iraqi refugees who told their stories through the Veterans Book Project. The reception will be 7-9 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Schulze Hall Atrium, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) brings art and culture from the Cradle of Civilization to the United States. We bring Iraqi and American veteran artists together in dialogue around the war and its lasting effects. We create a platform for the support of Iraqi art in an effort to support the rebuilding of culture and the recording of stories. We invite you to participate.
This is an overview of Iraqi and veteran art presented by IARP on our arts website, www.iraqiartproject.org:
You are invited to a reception on January 24 at 7:00 p.m. with Iraqi and American veteran authors and filmmakers. The featured authors and filmmakers are refugees, immigrants, and veterans who participated in Veterans Book Project workshops with IARP and The Advocates for Human Rights in 2012.
The reception is co-hosted by IARP, The Advocates, and the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas. Free and open to the public, the event will be an opportunity to meet many of the Iraqi and American veteran artists, as well as view the books and short films (3-8 minutes each) the artists created in Veterans Book Project workshops with IARP and The Advocates.
The following is an excerpt from an article appearing in the January 2013 edition of InterActs, the newsletter of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Read the full article on page 8 here.
“The healing journey for veterans in the aftermath of war can take varied pathways. Some veterans of foreign wars have found it helpful to develop relationships of understanding, not of war, with the people of the countries where they were deployed.