Sections

‘Artistic Weapons of Mass Communication’ at Five Myles gallery

War and pieces: Art show explores life in conflict zones

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

It is the art of war.

A new exhibit in Crown Heights will highlight works that explore life in and life beyond war-torn countries and conflict zones.

“Artistic Weapons of Mass Communicat­ion,” which opens at Five Myles gallery in Crown Heights on April 25, features pieces by artists with roots in the Middle East who are inspired by struggles in the region — resulting in a show that runs much deeper than the average exhibition, said an organizer.

“We need to see more work that shows that artists are anguished and not just looking after their career, but expressing their deepest despair,” said gallery director Hanne Tierney. “We have never before shown artists like these who have such incredible existential concerns.”

Two artists in the exhibition both focus their works on the experience of Palestinians who have been displaced from their homes because of the years long Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Tierney said. Palestinian-American artist Rajie Cook, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. before he was born, does this by creating intricately constructed miniature silent theaters that he attaches to walls. John Halaka, who is Palestinian and was born in Egypt, creates fabric photographs out of fragmented portraits, taking faces apart and putting them back together.

Iran-born artist Samira Abbassy has contributed a multi-panel oil painting called “Eternal War,” that looks at the repeated patterns of war, genocide, occupation, and exile throughout history. The gesso panels depict holy wars through the ages, from the Crusades through to today’s conflicts.

Tierney said the works in the show are more profound than art for art’s sake.

“I am very drawn to art that does something very important rather than just drawing on itself, and that is what is happening here,” said Tierney

“Artistic Weapons of Mass Communicat­ion” at Five Myles [558 Saint Johns Pl. between Classon and Franklin avenues in Crown Heights, (718) 783–4438, www.fivemyles.org]. April 25 at 5 pm. Free. Show runs through May 24.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Posted 12:00 am, April 20, 2015
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your community:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!