HOME INSIDE OUT
Featuring the art of Lamia Abukhadra, Katayoun Amjadi, Sarah Sampedro, Chris Willcox.
August 9 – October 27, 2018
Curated by: Katayoun Amjadi
Opening reception: Thursday, August 9, 7:00–9:00 pm
Home Inside Out explores the idea of “home” not just as the sheltering eave and centering hearth, but as the site of alienating dynamics of loss and the slippage of identity, of barriers to ownership, of separation and longing. The artists in this exhibition reflect on the idea of sheltering space, from personal, collective, national or cultural perspectives. Home becomes a discursive arena in which inside and outside spaces hold specific social and cultural associations that can be subtended or subverted through artistic representation.
Inside and outside are conflated in Sarah Sampedro’s installation where the vulnerability within social and economic power structures becomes part of the everyday. Here the occupant is held “outside” by the language of exclusion and hidden borders. As an exile, Lamia Abukhadra looks into historical and colonial narratives and portrays the trauma of inheritance and national loss. After all, in Adorno’s words, ‘it is part of morality not to be at home in one’s home.” The outside spaces in Chris Willcox’s paintings evoke a temporal and metaphoric threshold: the contemplative place between home and play or work. Here time suspends, light fades, quiet settles in. Promise waits at the door. Katayoun Amjadi’s works take on a metaphorical approach to the ideology of home as commodity, the consumable good. Clay and porcelain speak to production and prefabrication yet the work suggests a fragile vulnerability. Time and gravity whisper in conspiratorial tones.
The exhibition will include a conversation with the artists to take place in September.
Lamia Abukhadra is a Palestinian American artist based in Minneapolis. She is interested in interdisciplinary archival art functioning as a vessel of identity and culture, as well as a platform to challenge harmful dominant narratives that perpetuate acts of violence and ethnic cleansing in Palestine and the Middle East. Lamia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from University of Minnesota. Her work has been exhibited in Minneapolis at Altered Esthetics, the Quarter Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Center, and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. Notable projects include The Wall, a temporary public art installation supported by the Soap Factory’s Rethinking Public Spaces program in 2017.
Katayoun Amjadi is currently a Teacher Assistant and MFA candidate at the U of M. Previously she was an Assistant to the Gallery Director at the Circa Gallery and Curatorial Intern for the Department of Contemporary Art in Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her work has been exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Minnesota Museum of American Arts, Instinct Art Gallery, Weisman Art Museum, Rochester Art Center, The Soap Factory, Public Functionary, Beijing Film Academy and 7Samar Gallery in Tehran. Amjadi received her BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2013. She is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She was born in Tehran, Iran and resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota and maintains a studio in the Q.arma Building in NE Art District.
Sarah Sampedro is a Minneapolis-based photographer interested in social systems, relationships, community, and the concept of belonging. She was 2011/12 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, 2018 recipient of the University of Minnesota Berlin Artist Residency, chaired the Minneapolis Art Commission, and sat on the Minneapolis Public Arts Advisory Panel. Her interest lies in revealing some of the hidden factors that construct social relationships: she has photographed her Minneapolis neighborhood in the midst of an argument over historic designation and gentrification, created a multi-media installation using racially restrictive real estate contracts from Hennepin County (MN, USA), and traveled across Europe, researching and photographing places where border walls have been built. She is motivated by questions about the psychological and constructed space that exists between people.
Chris Willcox was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She earned degrees from the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Guelph. She earned her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, in New Jersey. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2000 to accept a position at Macalester College in St. Paul, where she is a tenured professor in the Art and Art History department. Her work has been shown at galleries in the U.S. and Canada, with her most recent being at the MAEP galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Phipps Center for the Arts. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council Grants, and most recently in 2013-14, a George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship in Painting and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.