Calendar of Events

Oct
25
Thu
Opening Lecture: Collateral Damage – FUAM @ Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez will present a lecture on the opening night of the exhibition Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage on October 25 at 5 p.m. in the Quick Center for the Arts’ Kelley Theatre. The exhibition will be on view in the Walsh Gallery through December 15, 2018.

Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwestern United States. Expressing the internal juxtaposition of East and West, Hafez’ art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint, and scrap metal. Drawing on his architectural training, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in content. This exhibition will feature a selection of Hafez’ work across multiple projects, including several pieces from his most recent series, Unpacked: Refugee Baggage. For this project, Hafez worked with Iraqi-born writer and speaker Ahmed Bahr to re-create rooms, homes, buildings, and landscapes that have suffered the ravages of war, embedding within them the voices and stories of real people – from Afghanistan, Congo, Syria, Iraq, and Sudan – who have escaped those same rooms and buildings to build a new life in America.

Image (detail): Mohamad Hafez, Hiraeth, 2017. Plaster, paint, rusted metal, found objects, rigid foam. 60 x 32 x 17 inches© Mohamad Hafez.

hiraeth (n.): a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past

Opening Reception for Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage – FUAM @ Quick Center for the Arts, Walsh Gallery
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage will be on view in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the arts from October 26 – December 15, 2018; an Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery and Quick Center Lobby. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwestern United States. Expressing the internal juxtaposition of East and West, Hafez’ art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint, and scrap metal. Drawing on his architectural training, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in content. This exhibition will feature a selection of Hafez’ work across multiple projects, including several pieces from his most recent series, Unpacked: Refugee Baggage. For this project, Hafez worked with Iraqi-born writer and speaker Ahmed Bahr to re-create rooms, homes, buildings, and landscapes that have suffered the ravages of war, embedding within them the voices and stories of real people – from Afghanistan, Congo, Syria, Iraq, and Sudan – who have escaped those same rooms and buildings to build a new life in America.

Image (detail): Mohamad Hafez, Baggage # 3, 2016. Plaster, paint, antique suitcase, found objects, rusted metal, wood, Persian carpet, dried plants. 24 x 12 x 8 inches.

Nov
12
Mon
Arabic Calligraphy Workshop – FUAM @ Quick Center for the Arts, Walsh Gallery
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an Arabic Calligraphy workshop led by Faraz Khan, an American Islamic calligrapher and 2015 artist-in-residence at the Arts Council of Princeton University on Monday, November 12 from 7 – 9:00 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery. Materials and instruction provided.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage.

Nov
14
Wed
“Learn Arabic in 30 Minutes!” – FUAM @ Quick Center for the Arts, Walsh Gallery
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Members of Fairfield’s Arabic Language Club will offer a fun introductory language lesson—learn basic greetings, introductions, and more! Join us on Wednesday, November 14 from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage

Image (detail): Mohamad Hafez, Hiraeth, 2017. Plaster, paint, rusted metal, found objects, rigid foam. 60 x 32 x 17 inches. © Mohamad Hafez.

hiraeth (n.): a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past