press release

Holy Land: Diaspora and the Desert, an upcoming exhibit at the Heard Museum, launches a new chapter of visual ideas in the museum’s long history with an exhibit of international import. Eight contemporary artists are convened who share close cultural relationships to desert concepts that engage social, geographical and psychological issues; they are members of communities that have been displaced by the impact of colonialism and post colonialism. Although each artist is of a different background, parallel experiences emerge through different artistic mediums and thinking as it focuses on current issues of nation, identity, diaspora and cultural exchange.

The exhibit will run April 8, 2006, through December 31, 2006, in the Heard’s contemporary project space, the Crossroads Gallery.

Participating artists include Israeli artist Guy Ben-Ner, Ambreen Butt of Pakistan, Thomas Joshua Cooper, an artist of Cherokee ancestry now living in Scotland, First Nations artist from Canada, Brian Jungen, Odili Donald Odita of Nigeria, Raha Raissnia from Iran, brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre of Mexico and Seminole/Muskogee/Diné artist Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie from the United States.


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Holy Land: Diaspora and the Desert
Kuratoren: Joe Baker, Lara Taubman

mit Guy Ben-Ner, Ambreen Butt, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Brian Jungen, Odili Donald Odita, Raha Raissnia, Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie