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History is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary

Roundtable Discussion with Curators Heba Y. Amin and Maymanah Farhat and Artists Athir Shayota and Fadlabi
September 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Bruininks 432

The Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies is launching our first Feminist Studies Colloquium event this fall with a roundtable discussion featuring four of the artists and curators whose work is featured in History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary," a visual arts exhibition organized by Mizna and the Minnesota Museum of Art.

Curated by Heba Y. Amin and Maymanah Farhat, History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary exhibits the work of seventeen artists who address what can be termed the "Arab imaginary" as a means of examining a multitude of social, cultural, and political positions. Best understood through a framework that recognizes the so-called Arab world and its diaspora as multiform, delineated by twenty-two countries with distinct histories as well as diverse ethnicities, languages, and religions, this exhibition details, scrutinizes, or upends the ways in which the region has been historicized. Recognizing that the recording of history is a subjective act that often intersects with power, History Is Not Here rejects the notion of history as a fixed or singular category and looks to narrative strategies as forms of agency.

Curators Heba Y. Amin and Maymanah Farhat, joined by two artists, Athir Shayota and Fadlabi, will speak to these topics in relationship to the rise of anti-immigrant violence, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, and in the context of their curatorial and artistic practices. Please join us on Friday, September 13 at 1:30 PM at UMN Bruininks Hall , Room 432. (222 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455). Reception to follow at 3pm.

This event is free and open to the public.


Cosponsored by Mizna, the "Imagining Transnational Political Solidarities and Justice through Academic-Artistic Partnerships" at ICGC Collaborative Research Circle, and funded by the Imagine Grant Funds.