LANDS OF WATER / DECEMBER 2013
On display in December 2013 in the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda were eight juried works of art by Minneapolis artists responding to the theme of water, including thoughts and emotions connected to living and existing close to a water source. These artists include: Jo-Anne Kirkman, Kenneth Wenzel, Sara Sampedro, Deborah Fouch, Rachel Orman, Doug K. Limon, Jim Foreman, Deborah Ramos. The works were displayed with four original works of art by Minneapolis based Iraqi-American painter, Adnan Shati, commissioned by the IARP. Adnan’s art works are inspired by his childhood in Iraq, growing up on the marshes. The entire collection of artwork represents a point of mutual understanding and experience between two very different cities.
An online blog also featured content, stories, images and artwork related to the theme of water and the connecting ideas and art it generates for people based the U.S. and Iraqi cities of Minneapolis and Najaf. This project was coordinated and curated by Lauren Traver.
NOT ABOUT BOMBS / FEB 3, 2012
From February 3 to March 3, 2012, IARP hosted Not About Bombs with Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis. The art exhibit featured 5 contemporary Iraqi female artists. Not About Bombs addresses how a female perspective can fit into the modern context of turmoil and conflict through art and avoid falling into the typical ways that women are represented and misrepresented. Here is a start. Let women tell their story in whichever form they desire. Specifically, tell it through art that speaks an unconventional language, and art that speaks to the cutting-edge nature of contemporary art. Shared here is a platform for a generation of female artists who are undeniably influenced by the aesthetics of conflict and the stereotypes that define them, but not in the least bit limited by them.
IARP brought 3 of the 5 featured artists–Dena Al-Adeeb, Sundus Abdul Hadi and Tamara Abdul Hadi–to Minneapolis for a series of public dialogues and collaboration. This exhibit was curated by Tricia Khutoretsky.
NAVIGATING THE AFTERMATH / FEB, 2011
Navigating the Aftermath created a shared space for unfiltered Iraqi and American voices to speak about the War on Iraq and its consequences.
The exhibit offered a curated selection of leading Iraqi and American artists showing the effects of war through first-hand experience. The first installment of Navigating the Aftermath was at the University of Minnesota Regis Center gallery in February, 2011. The exhibit then toured six Greater Minnesota towns, featuring visual art; filmmaker Nathan Fisher and his film The Unreturned; Minnesota playwright Kim Schultz; and panel discussions with veterans, Iraqis in Minnesota, peace activists, professors, and former U.S. State Department officers.
Exhibit tour locations: Minneapolis, Mankato, Bemidji, Winona, Ely. St. Cloud, Duluth. The exhibit was curated by Tricia Khutoretsky.
THE ART OF CONFLICT / SUMMER 2010
In the summer of 2010, IARP presented The Art of Conflict, a juried visual art exhibit that brought together 15 pieces by Minnesota and other American artists and 15 pieces by Iraqi artists in dialogue on the Iraq War. For the show, IARP brought two artists from Iraq to Minneapolis for conversations with local artists, and included programming with refugee agencies and a documentary on Iraqi refugees.