Map of my Home, 1985: Memory, maps and movement
Performance and Conversation: Thursday, April 5th 7-9pm
Performance will begin promptly at 7pm
Free and open to the public
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10004
NEW YORK – Multidisciplinary artist Sa’dia Rehman will create a large-scale wall drawing, Map of my Home, 1985 (2018) at her residency with Alwan for the Arts from Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 6. The site-specific installation, which will emerge and unravel through the course of the week will speak to memory, maps and movement. This is Rehman’s first show in New York after receiving her MFA. A nominee for the 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, she has shown her work at The Center for Book Arts (2016) Twelve Gates Arts (2014), Queens Museum (2012), Jersey City Museum (2010) and Jack Shainman Gallery (2005) among others.
Rehman will utilize the space at Alwan for the Arts as a site for building and creation. The work will unpack the meaning of movement, memory, and maps. Rehman is interested in how movement is, in itself, an aspect of what it means to be human. At the same time, movement and migration do not have stable political content. Their meanings are context specific and dynamic. For centuries, human beings have traversed the globe and moved from one place to another for a wide variety of reasons. British settlers moved to North America and displaced and decimated the indigenous residents of this land. The indigenous residents were relocated—they, too, moved and migrated. Chattel slavery depended on forced migration. Contemporary waves of migration from places as disparate as Pakistan, Cuba, Iran, and Mexico, continue—each channeling their own histories. And at the same time, Black and other communities of color and working class communities are pushed out of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Rehman’s birthplace Queens. Borders shift and are redefined all the time by virtue of this movement and contestation.
On the evening of Thursday, April 5th, there will be a live performance and conversation, where the artist will continue to test, create, critique the possibilities and limits of the work: taking things apart, inspecting the pieces, putting them together, marking them, and rearranging them. The performance will occur in conversation with the public and other artists and intellectuals, blurring the distance between artist and audience, individual auteur and the collective.
Rehman: “My work engages the unfinished as method, material, and process. By focusing on the unfinished, the work rejects the idea that any work is finished or fixed. Instead the work turns the viewer to focus on the process of art-making. It points to the subjectivity, rather than objectivity, of the artist as art maker, and the viewer as consumer. I am interested in the relational and dynamic aspect of understanding and meaning making. The work deals with issues that exist in ever-shifting and polarized terrain – migration, Muslim identity, gender, nationalism -- which makes understanding between artist and the viewer near impossible.”
3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.3rd I NY also thanks Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.
MH Projects (Mark Hachem Paris, Beirut, and New York) is a sponsor for this event.
Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.