Adeebah: My Life, My Story

March 19 – May 18, 2018

Reception and Panel Discussion: Tuesday, April 10th from 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion at 7:00 p.m.
Panelist: Artist Adeebah Alnemar; graphic novel author Jake Halpern; and illustrator Michael Sloan.

The Clare Gallery is pleased to present Adeebah: My Life, My Story, an exhibition of drawings by Adeebah Alnemar. Adeebah sees herself as an artist, a woman, and a mother. She is from Homs, Syria and is a self-taught artist. Her work addresses themes of the tragedy of war and displacement, beauty amidst turmoil, and her hope for peace.

Have you ever wondered how you would feel leaving your homeland, because you feared for your safety, perhaps never to return? What would you bring? How would you carry it? Adeebah, might have thought about what she would physically transport, but her work brings to light additional ideas on what one can bring mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Through her work, she negotiates concepts of fear and uncertainty, juxtaposed with physical freedom and freedom of identity. Nature as mother and protector, is seen through her use of symbols. You’re also able to witness how a woman, allowed to express herself without any type of fear, is transformed into a stronger, more confident person. If you’ve ever doubted whether art can transform the self, Adeebah’s work will help you see how the journey of a Syrian refugee is a journey about discovering one’s visual voice.

During the panel discussion, the artist will speak about her work and life’s journey; Jake Halpern, author and writer for numerous magazines, including The New York Times Sunday Review, will speak about his graphic novel series “Welcome to the New World;” and Michael Sloan, award-winning illustrator of this graphic novel, will speak on the process of visualization.

Jake Halpern is an author, journalist, and radio producer. In 2016, he was commissioned by The New York Times to create a nonfiction graphic novel. He worked with illustrator, Michael Sloan, and began a series about a Syrian family that journeyed to the United States on Election Day in 2016. His characters arrive in one country only to realize that, after the election, they’ve begun their new lives in another. The series is called “Welcome to the New World.” You can find it at nytimes.com/newworld.

This exhibition will also be part of Slow Art Day on Saturday, April 14th, 4 to 5 pm. Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. The Clare Gallery is hosting an event. Please see the website slowartday.org for more info, or contact Pat Curtis at pcurtis@spsact.org for details.

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The exhibition, and reception is free and open to the public. Free parking is available directly across from the church in Saints Lot. The facility is handicapped accessible.