“Lamia Abukhadra will discuss her interdisciplinary arts practice. She challenges harmful dominant narratives which perpetuate the settler colonial imagination as well as acts of violence and ethnic cleansing in Palestine and its diasporic spaces. She will discuss past and in-progress works which examine how violent colonial inventions of bureaucracy, terminology, urban planning, archiving, and geography affect the perception of Palestine, Palestinian experiences, representation, and historiography and embeds her own alternative, sometimes imagined, frameworks which bring to light strange personal and historical connections and poetic occurrences.”
A torus is a geometric shape composed of a surface of revolution generated by revolving a circle in three-dimensional space around an axis coplanar with the circle. In their physical forms, tori most resemble donuts. Bohemian Press, a fifteen year old printmaking collective organized and maintained by students at the University of Minnesota, has curated this show with the torus in mind; both as a nod to our club’s donut mascot, and as a form that encompases ideas of revolution, pushing boundaries, and fighting for change. The process of printmaking involves the creation and alteration of a screen or matrix in order to reproduce imagery or texture onto another substrate. This process leaves both a physical impression as well as a lasting concept for viewers to engage with. In essence, printmaking is a process of reproducible surface alteration. Whether it be the definition of printmaking, the materials they use, or the subject matters they deal with, Bohemian Press members are constantly redefining the boundaries of printmaking and the communities it can influence. As an all-inclusive collective, Bohemian Press features GLBTQIA, POC, women, and emerging artists and encourages members to use their work as a vessel for activism and changemaking. Practiced by the members of Bohemian Press, the medium of printmaking, much like the torus, is composed of a process of revolution, not just a form.
Unpacked Mobile Gallery presents "Maktub"by Lamia Abukhadra, Essma Imady, and Zeinab Saab
10 - 11:30 am UIC Arab American Cultural Center
Located at 701 S. Morgan St. Chicago, IL
12 - 1:30 pm Pilsen Alliance
Located at 1744 W. 18th St. Chicago, IL
4:30 - 6 pm Muslim Community Center
Located at 4380 N Elston Ave. Chicago, IL
7-9:30 pm Comfort Station
Located at 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
Arab American Cultural Center at UIC
Muslim Community Center
Comfort Station Logan Square
Arab American Family Services (AAFS)
The exhibition deals with the history of three Arab women living in the diaspora, and their relationship to their native lands - Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon- and the importance of preserving their history and culture through the art of bookmaking.
The artists involved are Lamia Abukhadra, who is of Palestinean descent, Essma Imady, Syrian descent, and Zeinab Saab, of Lebanese descent.
THE SKETCHBOOK SHOW
Get a glimpse of the brain-workings of 30 of the Twin Cities’ brightest artists as they share their summer sketchbooks.
How do artists observe and reflect on their inner and outer world and how does it nourish and feed the creative process? The sketchbook is a basic tool of the trade for most artists, but the form it takes is unique to each. For some it is a work of art itself, for others it is a series of lists, a way to process thoughts and emotions, or a pile of scrap papers and napkins with jottings of sudden ideas and inspirations. In all cases, it is a method of casual exploration that nourishes and feeds the creative process, either directly or indirectly.
Thirty artists, working in all different types of media and at all stages in their career, are now willing to share this process with you.
Lamia Abukhadra • Rachel Bruya • Chris Cinque • Sean Connaughty • Pete Driessen, • Kyle Fokken • Toni Gallo • Frank Gaard • Mary Gibney • Martin Gonzales • Carmen Gutierrez-Bolger • Lindsy Halleckson • Christopher E. Harrison, • Jeremy Jones • Mari Mansfield • Joshua McGarvey • Olivia Novotny • Britt Omann • alex m. petersen • Hillary Price • Nancy Robinson • Nina Martine Robinson • Jenny Schmid • Jennifer A. Schultz • John Schuerman • Maria Cristina Tavera • Molly Uravitch • Derek Van Gieson • Joshua Wilichowski • Jacob Yeates
Links to artists’ websites here: http://www.redgaragestudio.com/guest-artists-links/
Home Inside Out explores the idea of “home” not just as the sheltering eave and
centering hearth, but as the site of alienating dynamics of loss and the slippage of
identity, of barriers to ownership, of separation and longing. The artists in this
exhibition reflect on the idea of sheltering space, from personal, collective, national or
cultural perspectives. Home becomes a discursive arena in which inside and outside
spaces hold specific social and cultural associations that can be subtended or
subverted through artistic representation.
www.mit.edu/~ruchill/lazycurator.submit.html, features the work of 15 artists about to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. Exhibition runs May 1-12, 2018. Press release and more information at https://z.umn.edu/14tk.
Artists in the exhibition include Lamia Abukhadra, Jesse Aylsworth, Emma Brunette, Stephen Edstrom, Rachel Gorlin, Tilde Hamer, Lexi Herman, Breck Hickman, Natalie Klemond, May Ling Kopecky, Erik Mueller, Eunice Pitts, Prerna, Derek Prescott, Rose von Muchow, and Lee Yang.
Friday, May 4, 2018
Public Program: 5:30 – 6:00 PM | InFlux Space
Reception: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Regis East Lobby
"In identity and expression, toughness and tenderness aren’t typically synonymous. To be soft and vulnerable is a sign of weakness, to be open is seen as an invitation to be manipulated. We place boundaries as a way to give us a sense of structure and security – emotionally, mentally, physically – but what happens when these boundaries get muddled? How does one embrace emotionality through identity? If vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging and love, why is it so difficult for us to be tender and find calmness in the unknown?
For Soft Boundaries, seven artists explore how the vulnerable narrative can be used as an act of resistance, liberation and healing. Through the mediums of illustration, photography, video and audio installation, mixed media, book art, and sculpture, the artists present the distortions which keep us from wholly seeing ourselves and others, and the limitations when identity is categorized into the binaries of hyper-visible and invisible. Examining intersecting identities through art, Soft Boundaries sets out to showcase the power of radical softness as a weapon and the strength and truth in allowing ourselves to be fully open." – Gamut Gallery
YM#28 will take place at the gallery and online in the form of a live stream broadcast from 7-9pm. Please tune in to watch on - yeahmaybe.net -
Lamia Abukhadra // Madeleine Chicoine // Pearl Davis // Lexi Herman // Jaysen Hohlen // Prerna // Harriet Matzdorf //
YM #28 is the result of a two week workshop taught by visiting curator Emer Grant in partnership with the University of Minnesota.
Land Body Industry investigates industrial narratives through the work of seven Minnesota-based artists and one collaborative team working across Minneapolis and San Francisco. Artists in the exhibition include Lamia Abukhadra, Julie Reneé Benda, Leslie Grant, Alexa Horochowski, Rini Yun Keagy, Alison Malone, Monica Sheets, Nina Pessin-Whedbee, and Josh Winkler, working in a variety of media including works on paper, moving images, sound, sculpture and installation.