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Do you see it? Well, it doesn’t see you!

Presented by Watkins College of Art at Belmont University at Belmont University | Gallery 121 and Leu Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville TN

Dec 19 2022
Jan 27 2023
Do you see it? Well, it doesn’t see you!

Nuveen Barwari, Made for the Kitchen.

Do you see it? Well, it doesn’t see you! is a two-person exhibition featuring Beizar Aradini and Nuveen Barwari. What is the viewer seeing and what are they not seeing? How is it that you are looking? This exhibition is to disrupt western assumptions of the “other” and break up the general objectivity and western gaze. With the colonial gaze comes colonial denial of histories and narratives. The title of this exhibition is based on Anne Anlin Cheng and Tom Holbert’s article “Do you see it? Well, it doesn’t see you!” on Efflux Journal.

Beizar Aradini (b.1991) was born in Mardin, Kurdistan and immigrated with her family to Nashville, Tennessee in 1992. Her work unravels her family’s story as immigrants and examines cultural displacement through craft and fiber arts. Aradini has been featured in many exhibitions nationally and in Bê Welat: The Unexpected Storytellers at nGbk Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Her artwork has also been exhibited at the Frist Art Museum as part of the We Count: First-Time Voters exhibition which received an Award of Excellence by the Tennessee Association of Museums. Her work has been featured in local publications such as “Four Women Artists Reflect on Peoples and Places” in the Nashville Scene and “The Ties That Binds” in Native Magazine. In 2021, She was awarded Best in Show in the Best of Tennessee Craft 2021 Biennial at the Tennessee State Museum. She was recently selected as an artist in residency at Arquetopia International Artist Residency and completed an Andean Textile and Weaving workshop during her month-long stay in Urubamba, Peru, an opportunity that was funded in part by a scholarship from Tennessee Craft.

Nuveen Barwari was born in Nashville, TN and spent her adolescent years living and attending school in Duhok, Kurdistan. Barwari received a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from Tennessee State University in 2019 and a Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2022.  Barwari’s expansive practice includes installations; writing; performances; collecting and repurposing artifacts from her community such as photos, rugs, fabrics, and Kurdish dresses. Barwari has worked with and completed projects with the Frist Art Museum, Oasis Center’s Art and Activism Series, Coop Gallery, and McGruder Social Practice Artist Residency. Barwari’s work has been featured in national and international publications including Nashville Scene, Native Magazine, New American Painting, Yahoo Nachrichten Deutschland, Rudaw, Gazete Duvar, Botan Times, and Caravel Magazine. She has exhibited in numerous locations such as Kurdistan’s first Fashion Week (2018) in Erbil, Kurdistan region of Iraq, the University of Michigan (2019), Sugar Gallery (2019) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Zg Gallery (2020) in Chicago, 21c Museum Hotel (2021) in Nashville, Tennessee, NGBK Gallery in Berlin Germany (2021) and Duhok Gallery (2021) in Duhok, Kurdistan. Barwari is represented by The Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville, TN and is currently based out of Albany, NY.

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  • Jan 26, 2023 at 09:00 am - 06:00 pm (Thu)
  • Jan 27, 2023 at 09:00 am - 06:00 pm (Fri)

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Reception and Talk: Thursday, January 19, 2023, 4:30PM-6PM. Talk begins at 5PM.

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