Exhibit: Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings

Thu, April 28, 2016 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts presents:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Exhibition on view at Alwan for the Arts
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Free and open to the public

The specter that haunts the uprisings in the Middle East is the instantaneous nature of its slogans, the youthful character of its expression penned through laptops and tablets, paint and brushes, markers, stencils, found items, songs and smart-phone photos and videos, circling the globe at very high speed. This exhibition is designed to immerse viewers in the creative vitality of the continually evolving movement refracted in its aesthetic output.

The experience of how aspirations for freedom and justice merge with artistic expression – capturing the anger, elation, frustration, and hope of these revolutions in the form of graffiti, video, blog postings, cartoons, music, photography and even puppetry are on display to highlight the universality of the quest but in local vernaculars. Drawn primarily from protests in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, Creative Dissent demonstrates the varied responses to the protest in the Arab World beginning in late 2010.

Creative Dissent is curated by Associate Professor of Islamic Art, Christiane Gruber, of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and Nama Khalil, an artist and anthropology PhD student at theUniversity of Michigan.And curated at Alwan for the Arts by the exhibition team with additional works by Lucien Samaha, Farras Abdelnour, Negin Sharifzadeh, Ganzeer, Lia Mahmoudian, Katherine Toukhy and the 10th edition of Another Day Lost 1,849 andcounting...By Issam Khourbaj curated by Louisa Macmillan. Installed by Amina Ahmed and Azita Adib.

Creative Dissent is sponsored and organized in collaboration with the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

Last updated: 2016-04-07 12:58:18

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