January 15- March 5th
Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Friday January 15 7-9 pm
Night and the Desert Know Me
January 15- March 5
View Alhurra Iraqi TV's coverage of this incredible show: View Segment 1 and Segment 2
Opening Reception: Friday, Friday, January 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here 2016 Curators Talk: Tuesday, February 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Night and the Desert Know Me Curator and Artist Talk: Saturday, February 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m. A Picture of the World With You Inside - An Evening of Poetry with Dunya Mikhail: Friday March 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Translation Workshop with Kareem James Abu-Zeid: Saturday, March 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Friday, January 15, 2016: Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery proudly presents: The Night and the Desert Know Me, an exhibition in partnership with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a unique cultural festival standing in solidarity with the people of Iraq and celebrating freedom of expression. Coming to DC January–March 2016.The Night and the Desert Know Me promises to be a lush and thoughtful display of artworks created by Iraqi and Western artists, inspired by selected past and present Iraqi poetry. National and regional artists participating in this important exhibition include: Shakir Al-Alousi, Najwa Al Amin, Qais Al Sindy, Ahmed Alkarkhi, Mawada Allak, Joan Belmar, Wafaa Bilal, Spencer Dormitzer, Michael Platt, Phyllis Plattner, Vian Sora and Nasir Thamir.
What is Al-Mutanabbi Street? The project takes its name from and examines al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, a winding street about one thousand feet long, noted for its many bookstores and outdoor bookstalls where people gathered as a great humanitarian center. Named after the famous classical Arab poet Abu at-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi (915–965 CE), it has been a thriving center of Baghdad’s bookselling and publishing for many years. On March 5th, 2007, a car bomb exploded on Al-Mutanabbi Street—the historic center of Baghdad bookselling—booksellers, book buyers, and devotees of reading and of books—and the Shabandar Café where intellectuals met, was gutted and destroyed.
This exhibition, along with the citywide cultural festival Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, is in proud partnership with: George Mason University's School of Art and Fenwick Library, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, Corcoran School of Arts and Design at George Washington University, Busboys and Poets, Georgetown University, Cultural DC, Smithsonian Libraries, Brentwood Arts Exchange, George Mason University Student Media, and Fourth Estate Newspaper. Made possible in part by grants from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.