Artist Michelle Samour will present work from her exhibition “Mapping Borders and Boundaries”, in conversation with Nisa Ari, PhD, Lecturer, Art History, Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts University of Houston; Jessica Gerschultz, PhD, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies Department of African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas and Diana Abouali, PhD, Director of the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI.
The speakers will explore the relationship between Palestinian and Middle Eastern craft and modern and contemporary art from that region and the Arab Diaspora.
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Mapping Borders and Boundaries is a series of works by Michelle Samour that appeals to the artist’s ancestral past as a means of further engaging in the politico-geographic concepts of homeland, exile, and diaspora. Through cartographical repetition and reflection, Samour maps the historical (dis)possession of Palestine, ultimately decimating borders, boundaries and territorial constructs into geometric abstraction. The work critically investigates the meaning of shape/land/form within the guise of traditional Palestinian craft, including the vibrant colors of textiles and opulent Mother-of-Pearl carving.
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