NOT ABOUT BOMBS presents contemporary art by Iraqi women. What are the women of Iraq feeling and thinking after the "end" of the US-led war, in the midst of its aftermath and the tide of the Arab Spring?
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) is asking them exactly that. IARP is pleased to announce plans to bring 3 of the 5 featured artists--Dena Al-Adeeb, Sundus Abdul Hadi and Tamara Abdul Hadi--to Minneapolis for a series of public dialogues and collaboration:
- An Artist Talk and Reception at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 2, at Intermedia Arts. The community will be able to meet the artists; ask questions; and get honest, real, female, Iraqi perspectives from the artists. The event will be recorded and made available online.
- A session at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at 10:45 am on March 3 with Minneapolis artists Susanne Slavick and Camille Gage, "Illustrating the Cost of War: Artists Respond to a Decade of Conflict."
- Video interviews with the artists on March 3, to be produced and later released by IARP.
- A brainstorming session on March 3 with each other and IARP curator Tricia Khutoretsky about collaboration.
We need to raise $4,000 to cover the artists' travel and event costs. Please support this project and help break down barriers and stereotypes through art and dialogue! By making a pledge, you'll help amplify the voices of Iraqi women artists--a perspective on Iraq and the Iraq War not often heard. You'll also get some cool stuff, like a limited-edition, signed exhibit poster; a NOT ABOUT BOMBS flip camera; or dinner with the artists.
At the Opening Reception:
Video produced by teens in Intermedia Arts' Media Active program:
The artists we are bringing to Minneapolis:
Dena Al-Adeeb is an artist/scholar born in Baghdad, Iraq. Forced out of Iraq just before the Iraq/Iran War in 1980, she and her family escaped to Kuwait until the beginning of the 1991 Gulf War, when she was forced to relocate to San Francisco. Her work explores the mappings of imagined and real memories, architecture objects and cityscapes.
Sundus Abdul Hadi was born to Iraqi parents in the UAE in 1984 and raised in Montreal, Canada. As a painter and multi-media artist, Abdul Hadi works around the concepts of media representation and subverting existing images.
Tamara Abdul Hadi, Sundus’ sister, has created and given photography workshops in Lebanon and Palestine, with the goal of empowering women and children through creative arts. Abdul Hadi is a founding member of the photography collective Rawiya, which consists of 6 women photographers based in the Middle East.
Please help us extend a warm welcome to these three amazing artists and make these events and collaboration possible.
Curator, Iraqi Art Project
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) supports reconciliation between Iraqis and Americans through art, education, health and cultural exchange programs. Based in Minneapolis, MN, IARP has hosted high-quality exhibits in the Twin Cities and outstate Minnesota for five years. IARP partners with local universities, social service organizations, and other arts organizations to bring arts programming to refugee, immigrant, veteran, rural, and youth populations. IARP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
IARP works closely with our nonprofit partner in Iraq, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT). In addition to arts programming, IARP and MPT also provide opportunities for Americans to directly support the basic needs of Iraqis through water, sanitation, and healthcare projects, and facilitates the sharing of expertise among Iraqi and American professionals to help rebuild a country devastated by the US-led war.
To support our efforts here in Minneapolis and in Iraq, your donations are appreciated.
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