Curator for “I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name.” , Lila Nazemian will be in conversation with poet Sinan Antoon and artist Hadieh Shafie to discuss the themes in the exhibition, relative to narrative-making practices of language, translation, and the mechanics of the written word.
“I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name.” is an exhibition entitled after a line in The Book of Collateral Damage, written by in writer, Sinan Antoon, featured alongside the work of Hadieh Shafie and Zarina Hashmi, all deeply embedded within narrative mediums. Through the use of paper, printing methods and orality, each artist produces works that function as allegories for sharing stories of home and of their lived experiences.
The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Image courtesy of Hadieh Shafie