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.
IARP is pleased to announce that art from our permanent collection is now on display in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sip some coffee while you view original works by Iraqi artists at Coffee Grounds, located at 1579 Hamline Avenue North, Saint Paul MN 55108.
Artworks on display capture themes such as life and environment. Featured artists are from Karbala, Minneapolis’ Sister City of Najaf, and other areas of Iraq. Visit Coffee Grounds to see how art is used as a vehicle to promote understanding and love this holiday season.
Art will be on display at Coffee Grounds from now until January 14th. Hours are 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
On January 24, 2013, IARP will partner with The Advocates for Human Rights, the Veterans Book Project, and the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas to host a reception with Iraqis in Minneapolis who wrote books or produced films with IARP and partners this summer. The reception will feature the Iraqi-produced books and screen the four short films.
Date: January 24, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Schulze Hall Atrium, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Questions? Please contact Luke Wilcox at (612) 367-6194 or
luke (at) reconciliationproject.org.
IARP is proud to announce the opening of Images of Hope, a new exhibit now on display at the Maple Grove Art Center. This photography-based collection features the works of seven Iraqi artists. One piece now on display is the photo series Iraq is Flying by Jamel Penjeweny. The artist captures Iraqi people leaping in the air. Penjeweny describes his longing to give the people of Iraq feelings of hope and freedom. This cheerful imagery sits beside the photograph My Window by Tamara Abdul Hadi, in which we see a line of veiled Iraqi women waiting to receive their widow pension. This somber image represents the staggering amount of widows who struggle to feed their families, a number that has reached almost 1 million since U.S. invasion in 2003. These contrasting images give the viewer a glimpse into the complex realities of living in Iraq, post war.
IARP welcomes Lauren Traver to our team. Lauren curated our October 2012 exhibit, Images of Hope, and has worked with the organization as a volunteer and intern for more than a year. She is beginning as the Iraqi Art Project Coordinator.
Lauren graduated from DePaul University in 2010 with a major in Art History and a minor in Fine Art. She has worked for several art based non-profits, schools and galleries in Minneapolis and Chicago. Lauren now lives in Minneapolis.