American, born in Aleppo, Syria and now lives and works in Florida.
Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (1985).
Advanced studies in advertising and graphic design, Montclair State University, NJ (1987).
I am a contemporary Syrian-American artist and curator, and deeply rooted in my Middle Eastern heritage intertwined with my new life in America. My work explores social and heritage structures that objectify marginalized communities and the bodies of vulnerable populations especially the immigrants, and examines the cross-cultural dynamic in our communities. Just as essential to my work is a social engagement practice through which I reframe objectifying societal structures by bringing contemporary arts and ideas into different multicultural communities through arts and cultural institutions.
I believe in the power of arts through my artwork and the curatorial exhibitions by bringing the community together to increase knowledge, build awareness, spark interest for cultural bridge building and understanding. Art builds community and create space for dialogue by bringing people together from communities of various cultural background and expose them to arts and culture while viewing artworks, tasting authentic food, and listening to classical music. Also, I believe in the power of social media especially after the Pandemic disruption on our works and lifestyle which offers an opportunity to engage a larger audience via Zoom and Live streaming of lectures, performances, poetry, film screening and culinary arts.
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