12:15 pm


What gets amplified in our pockets, on our screens, in our DMs? On Saturday, December 14, 2019, an assembly of artists, dancers, and poets will come together for a collective listening experience, using music as material to address modes of deep listening in difficult times. This session is conceived an extension to Namy's installation Half Blue, as part of the exhibition History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary, commissioned by Mizna. 

Half Blue comes out of a long-term poetic exploration on the colors, tones, and language that have emerged around the increased militarization of police and its everyday impact on our community. It offers a space for contemplation, a space to honor those who have fallen victim to this type of injustice, and a space to celebrate strategies for coping and resilience. More information coming soon.

What: A listening session organized by Joe Namy with the support of Mizna
When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 12pm-4pm.
Where: The M, 350 Robert Street North, St. Paul MN 55101

About Joe Namy

Joe Namy (b. 1978, Lansing) is a media artist, composer, and educator based between London and Beirut. He completed an MFA from New York University, was part of the inaugural class of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program where he now teaches, and has independently studied jazz, Arabic, and heavy metal drumming. His work often addresses identity, memory, and power structures embedded in sound/music, and has been shown internationally in galleries, museums, film festivals, and public performances.

Joe Namy will also give a free workshop on December 11, 2019 at 1 pm. Learn more here.


About History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary

History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary presents the work of artists who address what can be termed the "Arab imaginary" as a strategy for examining various social, cultural, and political positions. Best understood through a framework that recognizes the so-called Arab world and its diaspora as multiform, made up of 22 countries with distinct histories as well as diverse ethnicities, languages, and religions, this exhibition explores and scrutinizes the ways in which the region has been historicized. Through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, book art, installation, and video, featured artists make connections between contemporary geopolitics and the histories that inform them. Their works draw attention to the challenges of representation, including misunderstandings and missteps, and the limiting and problematic terms that are often used to define the region. History Is Not Here rejects the idea of history as a fixed category and looks to alternative imagery and approaches from which new "imaginaries" can be generated. This exhibition is on view at the M September 12, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Learn more here

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