Not About Bombs

Not About Bombs

Date: 3/9/2013 - 10/30/2013

Curated by Tricia Khutoretsky, Not About Bombs addresses how a female perspective can fit into the modern context of turmoil and conflict through art and avoid falling into the typical ways that women are represented and misrepresented. The women in this exhibit contribute art that is visually and conceptually accomplished, but unpredictable and emotionally engaging. Because if anything, as a long, drawn-out, mind-numbing war comes to a “close,” emotional investments in Iraq are few and far between. This exhibit will not be what you expect. It is about war. It is about Iraq. But it presents contemporary art by Iraqi women to deliberately explore and challenge expectations.

About the Curator

Tricia Khutoretsky

Tricia is a visual arts curator based in Minneapolis. Along with an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management, she draws from her childhood growing up in the Middle East to work with the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, curating exhibits that focus on American and Iraqi perspectives on the Iraq War. Not About Bombs follows a previous exhibit, Navigating the Aftermath, which debuted at the University of Minnesota Regis Center and continued on a state-wide tour with a screening of the film, "The Unreturned," which documented the stories of displaced Iraqis. She also recently conducted a series of interviews with artists, filmmakers, and writers for 10 Years and Counting, a project dedicated to raising awareness of the 10-year invasion of Afghanistan. 

About the Artists

Sama Alshaibi

Video and Photography. Sama Alshaibi is an artist born in Basra, Iraq. Alshaibi’s works evoke the language of suffering, displacement and loss. She often uses her own body as both a protagonist and a site, linking struggles and the way that nations have affected and twisted lives in bodily performances. Her auto-ethnographic approach is informed by her own history of living in war, the double negation to her familial homelands and her countless encounters with those policing borders from the undesired. A photographer, video artist and accomplished fi lmmaker, Alshaibi has exhibited in over 20 countries.

Dena Al-Adeeb

Dena Al-Adeeb is an artist/scholar born in Baghdad, Iraq. Forced out of Iraq just before the Iraq/Iran War in 1980, she and her family escaped to Kuwait until the beginning of the 1991 Gulf War, when she was forced to relocate to San Francisco, California. She works in a variety of media including installation, performance, painting, sculpting, video, photography, sound, and writing. Her work explores the mappings of imagined and real memories, architecture objects and cityscapes. Her work has been presented in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Michigan, Sweden, Cairo, Dubai, and Tunisia. 

Julie Adnan

Julie Adnan is a documentary photojournalist and artist producing both news images and conceptual images for exhibit. Other recent projects include, “Born In Jail” a series documenting the women in the Iraqi prison system, holding their children that were born in confinement. Some of the inmates were convicted of prostitution or theft while others committed offenses to more traditional laws such as adultery. However the jail can also be a safe haven. Some women in the institution have come voluntarily, seeking shelter from their families as killings for acts that transgress the honor of the family are still common in parts of the country. Culture, politics and female status in Iraqi society are at the root of Adnan’s subject matter. Adnan has worked for a number of agencies newspapers and websites including The New York Times, Reuters, National Geographic, Al-Sharql Awsat, The Washington Post, Jordan Times, Taw photography magazine, Kakh magazine, Kurdistani New, Aso newspaper, Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Driknews agency, World News Network, BBC World Website, IO Donna magazine of Italy and L’Express of France.

Tamara Abdul Hadi

Tamara Abdul Hadi was born to Iraqi parents in the UAE and raised in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she moved to Dubai, UAE and began her photography career. Working at Reuters News Agency as a photojournalist and photo editor in 2005, she then went on to work for the New York Times, based out of the UAE. She continued working as a photojournalist in the Middle East region and has been published in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial TImes, to name a few. Alongside her photojournalism work, Abdul Hadi created and gave photography workshops in Lebanon and Palestine, with the goal of giving empowerment to women and children through the creative arts. She chooses to focus on social change photography, to shed light on injustice, and document the details of the world around her. 

Sundus Abdul Hadi

Sundus was born to Iraqi parents in the UAE in 1984, and raised in Montreal, Canada. As a painter and multi-media artist, Abdul Hadi works around the concepts of media representation, and subverting existing images. Her frequent stays in the Middle East inform much of her work, in juxtaposition to her critical consumption of Western media. Her work has been featured and exhibited in the UAE, Palestine, Iraq, Australia, Canada, and the U.S., with solo shows of her multimedia series "Warchestra" held in Toronto, and Ottawa.