Opening May 4, 2018 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Curated by Bijjan Sadegh Shirvani, founder of Artummah
May 4 - July 1, 2018
Founded in response to decades of negative stereotypes and media portrayals, Artummah aims to showcase the contemporary culture of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that is seldom seen in the United States. The word ‘ummah,’ in its original Arabic, means community. Currently, Artummah functions primarily as a social media collective to serve this community of artists by providing them a platform to share their work. Artummah aims to take a region that is often homogenized and misunderstood, and shed light on the creative individuals that make the MENA what it is. The platform's showcased works are organized based on color and pattern, creating a vibrant and dynamic aesthetic as colors transition from one to another. In this exhibition, artists use history and nostalgia to explore their personal practice. A number of the works displayed use personal and cultural history to convey the artists’ experiences, which range from the perils of war to the joys of childhood.