On History, Memory, and Justice
Artist: Iman Baobeid
Exhibition Dates: May 27 – September 10, 2018
RSVP for the Closing Exhibition on September 10, 2018
Our latest Lobby Gallery exhibition, On History, Memory, and Justice, examines the art of bearing witness and the narrative assemblages of memory in reflection of the current war in Yemen and past colonial and imperial histories. Bringing together a complex constellation of visual and textual elements, it explores the violence of processes of nation-state formation and the difficulty of grappling with an increasingly fractured homeland from so far away.
In attempting to navigate that reality, this exhibit poses more questions than answers: how can art bear witness, testify, and address past and current violence? What impact does this testimony have on one’s sense of self and place? What does it mean to exhume a living archive through visual and textual testimony in art? What role does translation play in this process – primarily in the form of Arabic calligraphy? Lastly, how can art make space for resistance and reinvention in the face of immense destruction and human-made disaster?
Join Baobeid at the closing of her Lobby Gallery exhibition where a long table discussion will take place, centring the role of social justice in relationship to memory, history, and testimony with the larger community.