Reflections on the Middle East

Center for Visual Art

February 3 – April 8, 2017

  • Featuring: Arwa Abouon, Golnar Adili, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Samira Alikhanzadeh, Halim Al Karim, Sami Al Karim, Tulu Bayar, Shadi Ghadirian, Rula Halawani, Laleh Mehran, Javid Tafazoli and Samira Yamin
  • Opening reception: Friday February 3, 6-8pm
Image: Golnar Adili, 8+9, three photos cut and intermixed, 2016

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) Center for Visual Art (CVA) announces an exhibition of more than 60 photo-based works that reflect the tension inherent in the presence, or absence, of people in a place, whether in their native land or abroad. Organized by the CVA and on view February 3 through April 8, 2017, Presence: Reflections on the Middle East features 12 artists living in the U.S. and abroad. The artists, all who are affected by the Middle East diaspora of the past 20 years, explore what it means to leave something, and in some cases, someone, behind, whether by choice or by force, and how cultural heritage and the past is interwoven with the present. Through controlling placement and context of the figure, along with the subtleties of obscurity, these artists preserve identity, relationship and agency.


Young Artist Studio: Manipulated Photography
Tuesdays and Wednesday, February 7 – March 22, 2017, 3:30-5:30
Open studio and workshops for ages 11-21

Artist talk with Laleh Mehran
Wednesday, February 8, 6pm

Remembering Tehran: A Decade’s Review
Artist talk with Golnar Adili
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6pm

Center for Visual Art
Metropolitan State University of Denver
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM


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