SHIM is pleased to announce Before We Were Banned, a group exhibition curated by Kiana Pirouz and Mahya Soltani. The exhibition responds to, on the anniversary of its signing, President Trump’s first Executive Order in office banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries to the United States. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, January 26th from 6-9PM.
Before We Were Banned features work by Mays Albeik, Layali Alsadeh, Asiya Al-Sharabi, Farhad Bahram, Carmen Daneshmandi, Ibi Ibrahim, Rhonda Khalifeh, Soraya Majd, Gina Malek, Ifrah Mansour, and Tandis Shoushtary. The exhibition seeks to examine the complex nature of identities assumed as immigrants in US from these countries long before/after the ban was announced, in an effort to reveal honest representations of those affected and also to heal the community. The exhibition addresses important consequences: what does home mean in a place that actively opposes your existence? And what does home mean with respect to your home country when you are not legally able to return? These themes are explored in the exhibition through multimedia installations, video art, photography, printmaking, collage and painting. Select merchandise, books and publications from the diaspora will also be showcased during the show.