Reception: Saturday, Feb. 17 2018 from 3-6pm
by Mark Jenkins
The abundant gold and turquoise of Samar Hussaini’s mixed-media paintings suggest earth and minerals. But the New Jersey artist is primarily inspired by the thob (or thwawb), the traditional Arab tunic whose embroidery denotes its regional origins. “Resilient,” the title of Hussaini’s Gallery Al Quds show, includes two stand-alone versions of a thob, as well as pictures that incorporate its design motifs.
In most news accounts, refugees are just cold numbers calculated in the thousands or millions, not real people with faces, names and life stories ripped asunder by war.The faces of refugees are emerging from the statistics through the work of artists in the D.C. area and across the world who are protesting injustice on numerous fronts, ranging from the many controversies triggered by the Trump administration to human rights abuses by totalitarian regimes.
Artists reacted to the catastrophe of 1948 with paintings, graphics and sculptures incorporating memories of place and distance from homeland as a central theme. Artists of the “Nakba Generation” include the doyen Ismail Shammout, Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara, Naji Al–Ali, Sophie Halaby, Kamal Bullata, and Samia Halabi, the latter two still working today. Next generation […]
“IARS Women’s Invitational Exhibition 2017” at the Eiseman Center of Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations. This Women’s Invitational features the work of 10 minority women artists, all first generation Americans. The works reflect these women’s strong bonds to their heritage and to their experiences living in the US, with unique techniques, narratives, and viewpoints.
The Jordanian artist places the viewer amid the old city, a patchwork of tan boxes, brown roofs and white domes, punctuated by the occasional smear of green. He renders the rare bits of nature less precisely than architectural details, but maintains throughout a deft balance between actuality and impression.
“In collaboration with the Sundance Institute, this tour de force solo performance from playwright and performer Amer Hlehel is based on the life of celebrated Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, whose poetry explored the experiences of Palestinian refugees.”
John Halaka’s work is included in an exhibition titled “Grieving Empire” at the Aspace Gallery, in Toronto, Canada. The exhibit is curated by Rachel Gorman and will run through March 18, 2017.