Aissa Deebi, This is how I Saw Gaza, 2017, Paint on six unstretched canvases, 19.7 x 27.5 in (each), Occupational Hazards, 2019, Installation Shot. Courtesy of apexart.
For this public event, artists from the Occupational Hazards exhibition have added their voices to the gallery space. While their works are here, for many of the artists, travel to the United States is severely challenged or prohibited–whether by cost, visa regulations, or current travel bans. Join ArteEast and apexart on a guided tour of Occupational Hazards presented by the artists in their absence: incorporating the stories behind the works and experiences and challenges of artists working in the Middle East today, in their own words.
Audio tours contributions by: William Andersen (United States/Kuwait), Mohamed Ben Soltane (Tunisia), Aissa Deebi(Palestine/Switzerland), Ahmad Hammoud (Egypt), Shuruq Harb (Palestine), Alexandra Stock (Egypt), and Negar Tahsili (Iran).
A reception will follow the tour.
This event is presented in collaboration with ArteEast for the current apexart exhibition, Occupational Hazards, curated by Alexandra Stock.
Alexandra Stock is a Swiss/American curator and artist based mainly in Cairo since 2007. She holds a BFA from the Zurich University of the Arts, participated in De Appel’s Curatorial Program and has held curatorial and/or managerial positions at four leading contemporary art institutions in the MENA region. She has co-/curated exhibitions and festivals in Alexandria, Amsterdam, Bahrain, and Cairo and has exhibited or screened her own work in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Brussels, Cairo, Dahab, Kampala, Lomé, Maastricht, Paris, Winterthur, and Zurich. Stock is currently developing a project with the support of the FfAI and is pursuing an MA in Diplomacy at SOAS.
apexart’s program supporters past and present include The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.