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History Is Not Here

Heba Amin ’05 will join in conversation with Maymanah Farhat and Laura Wertheim Joseph about the curated exhibition History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary. 

The exhibition presents the work of artists who address what can be termed the “Arab imaginary” as a strategy for examining various social, cultural, and political positions. Best understood through a framework that recognizes the so-called Arab world and its diaspora as multiform, made up of twenty-two countries with distinct histories as well as diverse ethnicities, languages, and religions, this exhibition explores and scrutinizes the ways in which the region has been historicized.

Through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, book art, installation, and video, featured artists make connections between contemporary geopolitics and the histories that inform them. Their works draw attention to the challenges of representation, including misunderstandings and missteps, and the limiting and problematic terms that are often used to define the region. History Is Not Here rejects the idea of history as a fixed category and looks to alternative imagery and approaches from which new “imaginaries” can be generated.

History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary
September 12, 2019—January 5, 2020
Minnesota Museum of American Art (St. Paul)
Artist Talk: Friday, September 13, 6:00 p.m

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