Please join us #GalleryDay, Saturday July 22nd at 1PM, for an artist talk with Fahimeh Vahdat and David Najib Kasir about their latest exhibition on display at Var Gallery; Fragmented Home & Place. This talk will be moderated by Jill Sebastian.
Fahimeh Vahdat is a visual artist who fled her home country of Iran as the revolution erupted, emigrating to England and then to the United States in 1980. Her work, which includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and performance art, highlights the universal refugee experience, human rights abuses (particularly against women and children in Iran and the Middle East), as well as issues of body politics, stereotypes, race, rituals, and beauty. Vahdat uses Islamic motifs, such as the lotus flower, as framing devices in her art, while calligraphic script creates background patterns that function as design elements. A lifelong artist and educator, Vahdat currently serves as the department chair of visual arts at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.
David Najib Kasir is an Arab-American artist raised in the Chicagoland area and currently living and working to make Milwaukee, and the world, a better place. He is contemporary oil-painter whose work is known for its profound storytelling and psychological qualities. David's work is comprised of personal narrative and surrounds the act of coming to terms with the challenges of family, life, love and loss. With his background having lived in Syria, these themes took another turn for him as he witnessed the effect of the Arab Spring and the cause it has had on his mother's homeland as well as family and friends. Kasir has found different mediums of work in film and media as well as in paint to challenge viewers perception of Syrians and Arab culture. And in doing so, he hopes to not only clear the view for others of the beauty that is within the land of his parents, but for his daughters too.
This artist talk is sponsored by Design Within Reach located on North Broadway in the 3rd Ward.