Can’t make it to the Opening Reception? The exhibit is open at Intermedia Arts from February 3 to March 3, 2012. Also watch for information on other exhibit programming.
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.