20 March 2021

Sama Alshaibi to Give the Latest Talk in the “Decolonizing Art Narratives” Online Lecture Series

Sama’s presentation will discuss how the Middle East was and continues to be imagined through photographic representations of women who were historically staged in “oriental scenes” by Western photographers—a non-ambiguous formula for producing otherness

Sama Alshaibi, an Iraqi-Palestinian artist and professor of photography, video, and imaging at the University of Arizona, Tucson, will be giving the latest in the series of online lectures titled, “Decolonizing Art Narratives: Arab Women Artists Today.”

The online lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by Turkish art critic and curator Beral Madra.

Sama’s practice examines the mechanisms of fragmentation in the aftermath of war and exile.

Sama’s recent participations include “State of The Art 2020” at Crystal Bridges (Arkansas), the 13th Cairo International Biennale (Egypt, 2019), Pen + Brush (NYC, 2019) and solo exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery (Dubai, 2019) and the Artpace International Artist Residency (San Antonio, 2019). Alshaibi received the 2019 Project Development Award from the Center (Santa Fe) and the 2017 Visual Arts Grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Beirut), including many more.

To register, please click on this link https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qKAtbgpISbuOwJsB62sd_Q

The department of Painting + Printmaking is a vibrant community centered on both practice and research. Students build skills in painting, drawing and printmaking but are also given opportunities to participate in an expanded field that includes socially engaged practices, creative coding, video, performance and more.

The program offers both BFA and MFA degrees in addition to interdisciplinary models of education in partnership with other areas across the university. Alumni from this program have gone on to careers as artists, teachers, gallerists, curators, arts administrators and master printers.

The lecture series is curated by Professor Rola Khayyat and Dr. Aissa Deebi.

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