SPACES. Cleveland, OH
History, identity, and culture are explored in the context of disconnection, diaspora and apartheid.
Given the Circumstances
Project 1612. Peoria, IL
March 2, 2018
Solo exhibition. Discarded architectural remnants of an inner-city neighborhood in decline are the artifacts that assign value to memory, place, and spacial justice.
Second Sight Project, Columbus, OH
January 20, 2018
A visual documentation of vacancy issues in 7 Columbus communities. Exhibition accompanied by discussions on vacancy and the environmental effects of vulnerable neighborhoods.
This exhibition has been generously funded by the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
This is Now: Video Series
Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
September 14, 2017
Organized by Roy G Biv Gallery
Screening of videos addressing identity and surrounding concepts, including Gazala's "24 Days in Franklinton." Juried by Jared Thorne.
Hugh N. Ronald Gallery, Portland, IN June 2 - July 7, 2017
Second Sight Project, Columbus, OH July 15 - August 1, 2017
Solo exhibition that examines the aesthetics and politics of abandonment and gentrification through the remnants of Franklinton's Bellows School. The struggle between preservation and progress - what is to be discarded and who decides? - is an analogy for how we perceive the people in marginalized neighborhoods.
Exhibition made possible in part through the generous funding of the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
Bunker Projects Residency
Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA
March 6 - April 3, 2017
In a continuing study of shifting narratives from power dynamics and conflicts in different "homelands," the artist explores colonialism and dominance, and the immutable relationship of all forms of oppression.
I am an American-born artist of Palestinian descent. My artwork is informed by a heritage rooted in places of great archaeological significance, and by a lifetime spent growing up in the post-industrial Midwest.
The artwork I construct makes lyrical connections between the decay and renewal of our post-industrial rust-belt cities and the endeavors of the archaeologist to rediscover and preserve lost beauty and lost worlds. In the process, it often elevates that which we consider blight, discarded and undesirable to something of greater significance.
While paying homage to iconic historical imagery and the vernacular of museum displays, my art is also driven by a need to address modern-day social issues. Poverty, displacement, racial and gender inequality are some of the divisive forces that bely the elemental beauty of the ruinous urban landscape.
My artistic practice is one of mainly installation art, socially-engaged art and social sculpture. My most ambitious work to date is the Second Sight Project, an artist residency program run in once-vacant and disused houses in inner-city Columbus Ohio. Activating this space in a neighborhood where 25% of the houses are vacant or abandoned, this is an experiment that seeks to advocate for both the artists seeking an affordable place to live and work, and for the neighborhood which is in need of a regrowth that is in harmony with the needs of its long-time residents.
Contact artist at: firstname.lastname@example.org