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Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs

November 22, 2014 - April 26, 2015

Egyptian-born Nubian artist Fathi Hassan is known for paintings and drawings of deliberately illegible Arabic script. His intentional obscuring of text draws attention to the ambivalence embedded in written language and graphic form. In addition, his play with symbolic forms is meant to reference the challenge of conveying the feelings associated with forced migration and displacement.

This exhibition highlights works created by Hassan in the last five years. These works serve as allegories of the diasporic condition, spiritual journeys, and reform movements like the Arab Spring. They implicitly illustrate the broader meaning that his thirty-year career attests—that the meaning and interpretation of symbolic signs are not fixed. They are transformed over time and as they move from one context to another.

See a Site-Specific Wall Drawing Take Shape
Fathi Hassan set to work making a floor-to-ceiling wall drawing November 17–20, 2014. Homa (They) is part of his Haram Aleikum series.

Celebrate the Opening
of Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 3–5 pm