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"We Count" Conversation: Beizar Aradini, with Drenusha Kolshi

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Presented by Frist Art Museum at ONLINE, Nashville TN

Sep 17 2020
"We Count" Conversation: Beizar Aradini, with Drenusha Kolshi

Beizar Aradini’s diptych My Existence is Political represents the vast amount of expressive freedom afforded to those with citizenship. The work features an embroidered portrait of her friend Drenusha Kolshi, a refugee and now-naturalized citizen, paired with a poem by Kolshi. Join the virtual gathering with the artist, Kolshi, and Shaun Giles, assistant director of community engagement, to hear more about Aradini’s work in We Count: First-Time Voters.

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  • Artists in the exhibition We Count: First-Time Voters—Beizar Aradini, M Kelley, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Thaxton Waters II, and Donna Woodley—connected with individuals and community groups across Nashville to learn about their experiences. The artists then created visual representations of those stories, through drawing, painting, printing, stitching, and other techniques #WeCountattheFrist

    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 and duality through fiber practices that have been important to her Kurdish identity. Her work has been featured in exhibitions such as Between the Seams at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and Take Refuge at Coop Gallery in Nashville. Aradini has worked on many community projects, including murals and workshops at the Oasis Center and the Healing Arts for the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association’s Healing Arts Project.



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