May 15, 2017
Common Dates: Afro-Turkish Portraits Exhibition
But Dergisi, 05/15/2017

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Common Dates: Afro-Turkish Portraits Exhibition
But Dergisi, 05/15/2017

Galeri Eksen
"Ortak Tarihler: Afro-Turk Portreler"
(Shared Histories: Afro-Turkish Portraits)
Istanbul, Turkey
May 15 - 17, 2017

Michael Dixon, a hybrid American artist and scholar, is investigating the complex identities of African-Turkish Turks through prima oil paintings. The first gallery exhibition in Turkey, in Istanbul's Nisantasi will be held on 15-17 May at the Axis Gallery.

Common Dates: Afro-Turkish Portraits are the first part of an international project to be exhibited in Izmir and Istanbul in May. Michael Dixon, a hybrid American artist and scholar, is investigating the complex identities of African-Turkish Turks through prima oil paintings. The first gallery exhibition in Turkey, in Istanbul's Nisantasi will be held on 15-17 May at the Axis Gallery.

She is known for her provocative cultural identity research on oil on canvas and has exhibited at prestigious international art venues in New York, Washington, Bosnia, Palestine, South Africa and France. He describes this project as the opportunity to visualize people who do not have much room in visual culture and to create a space for their experiences.

Afro-Turks are a part of the Anatolian history, which remained mostly invisible, but also before the Ottomans; The work of academic researchers, the African Anatolian Solidarity Association (Ortaca / Mugla) and the efforts of groups such as Africans Cultural Solidarity and Solidarity Association (Izmir) and as a result of projects funded by the United Nations began to see more attention in recent years.

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J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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