Widowsweave is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire even basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter. Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of Iraqi widows from 30 years of war, tyranny and sanctions.
Schedule: April 30th 5:15-6:45
Women Artists in Muslim Society Morehshin Allahyari, Hale Ekinci, Rabbya Naseer, Renee Tadros Intoduction: Melissa Potter
3:30 Ande Welling of Core Project-
3:45 Peace to Iraq
4:00 Jaber Alturfee - Human Rights Worker
Spoken Response (in Arabic & English)
4:30 Water for Widows
Women Artists in Muslim Society - Panel Discussion April 30th 5:15-6:45
Raw Space 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago 2nd Floor
A Panel Discussion is set, in conjunction with the Widowsweave exhibit for April 30th 5:15-6:45. Morehshin Alylahyari, Hale Ekinci, Rabbya Naseer & Renee Tadros will discuss internal and external influences on creating art in Muslim societies, their experience in their counties of origin and in the United States. Melissa Potter, Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago, will introduce. Kevin Valentine, project director and creator of Widowsweave and founder of Artistactivist, will moderate.
Low Estimate and High Estimate paintings, with circles, based on Iraqi children lost do to sanctions.
Iraq and Afghanistan paintings with widow written out x number of times.
9/11 with widow, childless, fatherless & motherless written.
ConsciousV aka Kevin Valentine is an interdisciplinary artist focusing primarily on issues of social justice and global awareness. I work in paint, print, digital and time-based media to create installations, performance and video.