Artists on the Refugee Crisis: Brooklyn Museum

18 Oct 2018 -
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY

Artists Ginane Makki Bacho, Issam Kourbaj and Mohamad Hafez discussed the special exhibition Syria Then And Now where their works are on view alongside medieval ceramics from the Brooklyn Museum's collection.

These three artists of Syrian and Lebanese descent — based in Beirut; Cambridge, UK; and New Haven respectively — explored both the violence and displacement of the refugee crisis and the resilience of the diasporic communities.

The talk was followed by a Q&A with Curator Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırı.

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Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart runs until 13 January 2019 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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The Arab Art & Education Initiative connects contemporary Arab culture with diverse audiences across the five boroughs of New York City. Delivered by a coalition of artists, foundations, and major institutions, the city-wide, year-long program aims to build greater understanding between the United States and the Arab world. Programming for the AAEI is guided by a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of 17 global goals set forth by the UN and world leaders in 2015 to realize a better world by 2030.

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