Current Exhibition On View

Art @ the Y presents 
From Middle-East to Midwest: 
Evoking Solidarities Across Time & Space
Works by Nasrin Navab and Nahid Navab
 
 
On view in Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA from 
Thursday, September 7, 2017 through November 2, 2017
 
Join us for the opening reception and gallery talk of From Middle-East to Midwest: Evoking Solidarities Across Time & Space on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign. Viewing at the opening begins at 5pm and runs through 7pm. The event will feature an Artists Talk at 5:30pm by Nasrin Navab and Nahid Navab. Light refreshments will be served. 
About the Exhibition: Imprisonment of women activists in Tehran’s Evin prison. Bombardment of neighborhoods and cities in Afghanistan and Syria. Looting of national museums and libraries in Iraq. Massacre of Rana Plaza garment factory workers in Bangladesh. Ongoing murder and imprisonment of journalists and activists around the world. In this exhibition, the works of two sisters bring into focus the kaleidoscopic injustices of the capitalist world order. 

About the Artists: Nasrin Navab and Nahid Navab, sisters and displaced Iranian artists, capture the struggles of people across time and place through a collection of drawings, installations, paintings, and printmaking. The art of Navab sisters spring from their social and political struggles against forced gender and social identity in both Iran and in the U.S.  In bringing together memories, voices, and struggles, the artworks invoke an urgent need for transnational solidarities.

 
From Middle-East to Midwest: Evoking Solidarities Across Time & Space is a part of the Art of the Y initiative of the University YMCA. Some of the most profound insight, critique, and creative thinking around the issues which comprise the mission of the Y happen in and around the arts. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA that seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality public arts programming. Art @ the Y includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Gallery, featuring artists whose work speaks to the mission of the Y and performing arts events throughout the year. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public. 
 
Community and campus members are invited to the opening reception From Middle-East to Midwest: Evoking Solidarities Across Time & Space as part of the 2017 Welcome Week Champaign County, a chance for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents— to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community.  To view other local Welcoming Week events, visit: universityymca.org/welcome-center-calendar/. Welcoming Week Champaign is an initiative of the New American Welcome Center of the University YMCA and is part of the 2017 National Welcoming Week of activities. 
 
Please see below for related Welcoming Week event:

Glo Heart/Displaced Lullaby, a play

Friday, September 22, 7:30pm, University YMCA

1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Welcoming Partner: School for Designing a Society

Join us for the first performance of a play based on Faranak Miraftab’s, “Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking.” The play aims to show to not-recently-migrant audiences something of the hardship but also contribution to the US/Illinois/Beardstown made by migrant workers; and to present to migrant audiences some form of witness to what they have gone through and a fundamental message of acceptance and welcome. Would you like to act in the play? View the casting call here and here (en español).

 

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Insurgent Midwest: Transnational Dialogues for a Humane Urbanism project of the Humanities without Wall Consortium. It is held in conjuncture with the symposium titled “Constructing Solidarities for a Humane Urbanism: Ethics, Politics and Challenges in Crossing “Boundaries” held at the UIUC campus on Sept 9 and 10, 2017.  For more see: https://insurgentmidwest.wordpress.com/events/

About Art @ the Y

Some of the most profound insight, critique, and creative thinking around the issues which comprise the mission of the Y happen in and around the arts. Art @ the Y seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality arts programming. Art @ the Y includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Gallery on the first floor of the University YMCA. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public.

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