The exhibitions featured in the School of Art Gallery, the Fenwick Library, the Mason Atrium Gallery, and throughout the Washington DC area include three components: Letterpress Printed Broadsides; Artist Books; Absence and Presence (a call to printmakers), and a new DC initiative of invitations to local and international artists. Curated by Helen Frederick and partners, each participating prganization will also provide new interpretive and documentary materials, hands-on workshops, and panels and conversations that will be built around the exhibitions at all the partner sites.
Appreciation is extended to the exhibiting artists from all over the world, who have created and generously contributed their works to these exhibitions.
Poets, translators, and critics will give readings, translation workshops, and talks, bringing the poetry of the Arab and Muslim worlds to DC-area audiences. Poets writing in Arabic today often address the issues at the center of this project, bearing witness to intolerance and war and building peace and common cause among disparate peoples. Readers and audiences will grow in their understanding of contemporary Arab, Arab-American, and Muslim cultures and the central role poetry plays in these communities. To view photos of these events, click here.
The diverse line-up includes Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Amal Al-Jubouri, Hala Alyan, Fatimah Asghar, Safia Elhillo, Beau Beausoleil, Fady Joudah, Amal Kassir, Philip J. Metres III, Dunya Mikhail, M Lynx Qualey, and Sholeh Wolpé.
Brentwood Arts Exchange will host a series of films from Iraq and the Arab and Muslim worlds with follow-up conversations. George Mason University will feature Bassam Haddad’s “About Baghdad” and “Arabs and Terrorism”. The films and discussions will explore freedom of expression, restoring identity from destruction/abandonment, and how literature gives hope and understanding. Artists Michael Rakowitz and Sas Colby, along with noted calligraphers, printmakers, and papermakers at George Mason University, will give hands-on workshops.
February 28 - March 7, 2016
Poets and Translators
For more information, please contact Helen Frederick, Project Coordinator.
To see PDFs of our brochures, click here.