Join us for a party to celebrate the opening of History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary. Get a first look at the exhibition, meet curators Heba Y. Amin and Maymanah Farhat as well as special guest artists Fadlabi and Athir Shayota, enjoy a cash bar and music by DJ Yasmeenah. M members and Mizna subscribers receive a free drink ticket!
What: Opening Night Reception
When: Thursday, September 12, 6 — 9 p.m. | Remarks at 7 p.m.
Where: The M, 350 Robert Street North, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
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.