September 30, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium, Giles Hall
New Haven–based Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez will offer a very personal view of what it's like for an upper-middle class Damascene family to become forced migrants - their lives before and after, decision points, forced hands, and adjustment to new realities. This will be an opportunity to better understand what the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II looks like to an individual and family who have been through it.
Mohamad Hafez dynamically reproduces the war-torn landscapes of contemporary Syria in his sculptural artworks, which urgently reflect on the conditions of forced migration that informed his family’s relocations. Hafez’s artistic practice and public voice complicate the representation of contemporary violence by insisting on the entangled relationships between home and homeland, refuge and security, and art and politics.
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