June 20, 2018 – 11:00 am
World Refugee Day
Art Unveiling and Potluck
Wednesday, June 20, 11:00 a.m.
Location: Oasis Center (1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 200, Nashville)
Free and open to the public (bring a dish that reflects your heritage)
In four ARTlab workshops during June 2018, guided by local artist Beizar Aradini, participants in Oasis Center’s International Teen Outreach Program will draw from their personal histories to collaborate on an installation that displays their diverse stories. On the United Nations’ annual World Refugee Day, please join us at the Oasis Center to view the completed artwork and celebrate the stitching-together of community with an international feast.
Beizar Aradini is a Kurdish fiber artist whose family fled northern Iraq in 1988 to escape the tragedies of war. The issues explored in her work range from the experiences of being born a refugee and becoming an immigrant to the isolation generated by life in a bicultural “reality.” Reflecting on her process, Aradini says, “As I carefully thread the needle, I think about my female ancestors. . . . I utilize the strength of thread to mend the frayed parts of my identity.”
Paola Carire Rosado
Ciin Ngaih Mawi