Immigration and citizenship are some of the most urgent issues of our time. The fourth iteration of this series features three new artists responding to Carey Young’s Declared Void II on view in the exhibition I am you, you are too. Each artist will have ten minutes to “fill the void,” addressing issues of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism.
Following the program, please join us in a discussion led by Michele Garnett McKenzie, deputy director and director of advocacy at Advocates for Human Rights, and Deepinder Mayell, executive director of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Participating artists in the Fall 2019 program include:
Syed Hosain was born in Pakistan and lives and works in South Minneapolis. The artist explores unfixed histories, traditions, and constructions of Middle Eastern geography and his own Muslim identity through painting. Hosain builds up rich surfaces on canvas and works on found surfaces, such as old encyclopedias and history books.
Rebecca Nichloson is a playwright, poet, singer, and performer. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University as well as an MA in English literature. Her writing awards and fellowships include a 2017 Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship, two Many Voices Fellowships from the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and a 2013 Jane Chambers Award for her play Hello, I’m Eve, among others.
Safa Sarvestani is an Iranian-born, Minneapolis-based theater and interdisciplinary artist working in set design and performance art. She received her BFA from the Tehran University and is an MFA candidate in Theater at the University of Minnesota. Her work has been shown at Iranian Theater Center, Art Plain Museum, and Red Eye Theater.