Art Performance: Artist in Residence: Sa'dia Rehman: MAP OF MY HOME, 1985: MEMORY, MAPS AND MOVEMENT

Thu, April 5, 2018 6:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Performance with Sa’dia Rehman

Alwanfor the Arts and 3rdI NY present:

APerformance and Conversation:Thursday, April 5th7-9pm

Doors open at 6:30. The performance will begin promptly at7pm

Free and open to the public

NEW YORK –Multidisciplinary artistSa’diaRehman will create a large-scale wall drawing,Map of my Home, 1985 (2018) at her residency withAlwanfor the Arts fromMonday, April 2to Friday, April 6.The site-specific installation, whichwill emerge and unravel through the course of theweekwillspeak to memory, maps and movement.This isRehman’sfirst show in New York after receiving her MFA. A nominee for the 2017Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and SculptorsGrant, she has shown her work atThe Center for Book Arts(2016)Twelve Gates Arts(2014),Queens Museum(2012),Jersey City Museum(2010)and JackShainmanGallery(2005)among others.

Rehman will utilize the spaceat Alwan for the Artsas a site for building and creation.The work will unpack the meaning of movement, memory, and maps. Rehman is interested in how movement is, in itself, an aspect of what it means to be human.At the same time, movement and migration do not have stable political content. Their meanings are context specific and dynamic. For centuries, human beings have traversed the globe and moved from one place to another for a wide variety of reasons.British settlers moved to North America and displaced and decimated the indigenous residents of this land. The indigenous residents were relocated—they, too, moved and migrated. Chattel slavery depended on forced migration. Contemporary waves of migration from places as disparate as Pakistan, Cuba, Iran, and Mexico, continue—each channeling their own histories. And at the same time, Black and other communities of color and working class communities are pushed out of Manhattan, Brooklyn, andRehman’sbirthplace Queens. Borders shift and are redefined all the time by virtue of this movement and contestation.

On the evening ofThursday, April 5th, there will be a live performance and discussion, where the artist will continue to test, create, critique the possibilities and limits of the work:taking things apart, inspecting the pieces, putting them together, marking them, and rearranging them.The performance will occur in conversation with the public and other artists and intellectuals, blurring the distance between artist and audience, individual auteur and the collective.

Rehman: “My work engages the unfinished as method, material, and process. By focusing on the unfinished, the work rejects the idea that any work is finished or fixed. Instead the work turns the viewer to focus on the process ofart-making. It points to the subjectivity, rather than objectivity, of the artist as artmaker, and the viewer as consumer. I am interested in the relational and dynamic aspect of understanding and meaning making. The work deals with issuesthat exist in ever-shifting and polarized terrain –migration, Muslim identity, gender, nationalism --which makes understanding between artist and the viewer near impossible.”

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3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.


Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Last updated: 2018-03-13 15:05:40

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