Muscle Memory, Syrian Homecomings by Essma Imady
Muscle Memory, Syrian Homecomings by Essma Imady

Essma Imady ’16, MFA, in her recent multimedia installation Muscle Memory, Syrian Homecomings uses her memories of home as a raw material.

Syrian born Imady explores how the concept of home is altered by the elements of time and distance, as well as etched away by the forces of war and political climate.

Imady returned to her home of Damascus in 2018 for the first time since 2011. During her two week visit, she was perforated by a sense of estrangement. This exhibition exposes how even memories that are buried remain in one’s body, a muscle memory that informs how we interact with the world—even when we no longer identify with those parts of our past.

Muscle Memory, Syrian Homecomings
June 8—July 20
Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis)
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 6:00—9:00 p.m.

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