March 1, 2019 at 9:45 pm

Art Exhibit: The Absence of the Syrian Artist from Feb. 4 to March 10

The Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University showcases the art exhibit The Absence of the Syrian Artist from Feb. 4 through March 10 at the Kennedy Museum.

The exhibition features the work of several Syrian artists who lived through part of the Syrian crisis and currently reside outside of Syria in different countries. It is created and curated by Basil Masri Zada as part of his doctoral dissertation project in the School or Interdisciplinary Arts.

As part of the exhibition, curator Basil Masri Zada will present a lecture on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m., providing a general overview of international political attitudes toward displaced Syrian artists. He examines the the effects of the crisis in Syria and restrictions on movements (such as the travel ban) to explore how artists have changed their artistic production to accommodate these challenges. Zada is a Ph.D. student in the School for Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Kennedy Museum of Art in partnership with Middle East and North Africa Studies Certificate, War & Peace Theme, and College for Fine Arts.

This event is one in a series of Spring 2019 Middle East & North Africa Events.

The Middle East and North Africa Studies Certificate provides the Ohio University and Athens communities with an interdisciplinary understanding of the history and contemporary dynamics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. While the bulk of its efforts are focused on the undergraduate certificate in Middle East and North Africa studies, the program also organizes a range of events designed to compliment in-class education and speak to contemporary debates about the region.

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