Shayota’s portaits of Iraqis living in America are painted without narrative intention. Instead, psychological spaces, placement of figures, and paint application tell the story. The collection begins in the early eighties when Shayota started painting the daily life of the Detroit Chaldean community to which he immigrated in 1980.
The city of Jerusalem has occupied a central role in the world’s religious and political history and has drawn people from all over the world to its sacred sites. With a turbulent past and present, it lies at the heart of the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
For this exhibition, Dagmar Painter, curator of The Jerusalem
Fund Gallery, has transformed her recent photographs of Tunis, Tunisia
into memories, les souvenirs, and has added layers of reminiscence with
the objects, souvenirs of her life there, that have attached themselves
to the images as real reminders of the recollections the photographs