Artist Talk with Athir Shayota
Artist Athir Shayota, featured in Mizna's 20th anniversary retrospective exhibition History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary, will give an artist lecture on Saturday, September 14 at 1 pm at the M. Shayota will speak about his time as an artist in the Midwest, first at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, and then as a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. Touching on Midwest painters such as Nancy Mitter, Robert Wilbert, Richard Jerzy and the seminal Detroit painter Sarkis Sarkisian, Shayota will discuss the influence Midwest museum collections and exhibitions had on his early work.
What: History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary Artist Talk
When: Saturday, September 14th, 1 p.m.
Where: The M, 350 Robert Street North, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
About Athir Shayota
Athir Shayota (b.1968, Iraq) is a New York-based painter who has exhibited in galleries and
institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Arab American National Museum, Cooper
Union Humanities Gallery, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, and the Virginia
Commonwealth University Gallery (Doha, Qatar). He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in
Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, MO (1992). His work has been reviewed or
featured in such publications as The New York Times, Callaloo, Bidoun, Mizna,
and ArtAsiaPacific magazine's Almanac.
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.