Arab/SWANA Film + Art touring to Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness Artist Exhibit up at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center’s Art Gallery
Mizna partners with SooVAC to bring contemporary visual art and film programming by Southwest Asian/North African Artists (SWANA) artists to greater Minnesota. The visual art exhibition ‘Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness’ will travel to New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in Otter Tail County, Minnesota (March 4–April 3, 2020), accompanied by a selection of notable films from Mizna’s Arab Film Fest.
These events are for any and all who are curious about SWANA/Arab/Muslim narratives — all are welcome! FREE admission to the gallery and film screenings are a donation based viewing.
Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness features the work of emerging US-based artists from the SWANA region or of SWANA descent. Juried by Essma Imady, Hend Al Mansour, and Lamia Abukhadra, three Arab artists based in the Twin Cities who will show works alongside the selected artists. Named from a quote by the famed Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, this exhibition showcases the perspectives, practices, and artworks of a new generation of US-based SWANA creatives as we look toward another two decades of cultivating rich spaces. Spaces in which, in Gibran’s words, “the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow,” spaces in which the diversity and artistry of our community is celebrated and sustained.
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Lamia Abukhadra, Hend Al-Mansour, Bilal Alkatout, Céline Aziza Kaldas Anderson, Qais Assali, Noura Ballout, Melissa Chimera, Rama Duwaji, Ghazal Ghazi, Nabil Harb, Essma Imady, Luma Jasim, Ifrah Mansour, Walid Mohanna, Zeinab Saab, Samer Saim Eldahr, Kiki Salem, Gazelle Samizay, Mahya Shamai, and Nailah Taman.
THE EXHIBITION March 4–April 4, 2020
FILM SCREENINGS Every Wednesday, March 11– April 1 @ 7PM
ARTIST TALK + RECEPTION
Scheduled for Friday March 20, 5–7pm
**CANCELLED due to COVID-19.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.