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September 5 - October 22, 2017
I AM is a strategic peace-building exhibition organized by CARAVAN that showcases the insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women as they confront issues of culture, religion and social reality in a rapidly changing world both in the Middle East and West. It addresses today's critical and increasing need of creating respect, developing understanding and encouraging friendship between the Middle East and West.
Curated by Janet Rady
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KATCAR_170908_01.JPG: I Am: An East-West Arts Initiative Organized by Caravan
Curated by Janet Rady
KATCAR_170908_05.JPG: As the world's attention is focused anew on respecting women's rights, and amid an increasing need for developing understanding and friendship among the peoples of the Middle East and the West, I AM is a peacebuilding exhibition, organized by CARAVAN, that showcases insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women as they confront culture, religion and social reality in a rapidly changing world, in both the Middle East and the West.
Designed to dismantle stereotypes and challenge misconceptions of the ‘other,' the I AM exhibition is a visual celebration of the crucial role that Middle Eastern women play as guardians of peace. It celebrates their strengths and rich, diverse and pivotal contributions in the enduring global quest for a more harmonious future. I AM highlights the healing role of women through their inherent connection to the sanctity of life, and their ability to nurture and protect it, thereby inspiring a legacy of harmony. The I AM exhibition highlights how fundamental the contribution of women is in freeing our world from sectarian strife of any kind.
I AM celebrates the unique voice of Middle Eastern women in shaping a harmonious world.
This exhibition is guest-curated by Janet Rady and thirty-one women artists of Middle Eastern heritage from twelve countries were invited to participate in this unique East-West exhibition. Each artist was invited to create one original two-or three-dimensional work in any still art medium.
The I AM exhibition global tour premiered in Amman, Jordan at the National Gallery of Fine Arts (May 3-June 14, 2017). It was then showcased at London's St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square from July 3-August 20, 2017. Following Washington DC, the exhibition will tour the United States until the end of 2018.
KATCAR_170908_16.JPG: Zena Assi
Al Kouwa Fi Yad El Mar2a (The Force is in the Hands of the Woman)
KATCAR_170908_24.JPG: Manal Deeb
KATCAR_170908_60.JPG: Huda Lutfi
The City Goes Pop, 2015
KATCAR_170909_002.JPG: Huda Lutfi
Democracy is Coming, 2008
KATCAR_170909_020.JPG: Susan Hefuna
KATCAR_170909_026.JPG: Shakir Hassan Al Said
The Victorious, 1983
KATCAR_170909_033.JPG: Nazar Yahya
Al Sinara, 2010
KATCAR_170909_092.JPG: Alia Ali
[Laysa] Ana / I am [NOT]
KATCAR_170909_101.JPG: ALIA ALI
[Laysa] Ana/I am [NOT]
Photographic print on aluminium Dibond, Edition 1/5, 39.4" x 28.4"
Alia Ali is Austrian born, Yemeni and Bosnian by blood, American by rights and mobility, global by education, and Moroccan by residence. In response to the bold statement, I AM, the artist investigates the theme in terms of what she is not. To label oneself is to willingly cast oneself in a static mold; yet, each day, as we respond both to major events and minute decisions, we recast who we are by discovering what we are not.
In her auto-portrait, Alia Ali uses woven newspaper to create a barrier between herself and the viewer. She is both the photographer and the subject, the observed and the observer. In this piece, she questions the fabricated barriers in society that vilify the other. Who holds the power to create an identity? How can we break through the lens through which another views us? Perhaps it is better for us to embrace the multiple layers of what creates our complex identities by living on the borders of all what we are rather than continually struggling with abridged stereotypes imposed by others. This leaves the question of what do we really know of anyone? Aren't we all enveloped in stereotypes created by the other? The more we allow these labels to seep into our judgment, the more of a boundary we weave between each other, becoming both the victim and the culprit, all at once.
KATCAR_170909_164.JPG: Shereen Audi
Dreams Give Hope
KATCAR_170909_252.JPG: Ghada Khunji
Our Last Supper
KATCAR_170909_259.JPG: Rawan Al Adwan
A Legacy of Harmony
KATCAR_170909_266.JPG: Taiba Faraj
Bird of Paradise
KATCAR_170909_269.JPG: Annie Kurkdijan
KATCAR_170909_276.JPG: Hilda Hiary
I Am You
KATCAR_170909_293.JPG: Rania Matar
Jacqueline and Juliette, Beirut, Lebanon
KATCAR_170909_303.JPG: Maitha Demithan
KATCAR_170909_307.JPG: Marwa Adel
KATCAR_170909_314.JPG: Nagla Samir
I AM History
KATCAR_170909_317.JPG: Soheila Sokhanvari
Song of Myself
All made of eyelashes
KATCAR_170909_341.JPG: Helen Zughaib
The Secrets They Carry
KATCAR_170909_348.JPG: Ahaad Alamoudi
Land of Dreams
CARAVAN, which originated in Cairo, Egypt, is an international peacebuilding arts non-profit that focuses on building bridges through the arts be- tween the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West. CARAVAN'S experience has shown that the arts can serve as one of the most effective mediums to enhance understanding, bring about respect, enable sharing, and deepen friendship between those of different faiths and cultures.
For more information on CARAVAN visit: www.oncaravan.org
KATCAR_170909_355.JPG: Raeda Saadeh
KATCAR_170909_361.JPG: Mayasa Al Sowaidi
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