“Mirrors”: An upcoming exhibition featuring the collaborative artwork of Middle Eastern and American artists.
Showing at the SETTLEMENT downtown, Summer 2011.

In partnership with Sarah Farahat, (Portland, Egyptian-American intermedia artist), and Dawn Weleski (Pittsburgh, Conflict Kitchen), we are embarking on a multi-disciplinary collaborative project called “Mirrors.”  It is an exploration between Middle Eastern-born and American-born artists reflecting on the current political uprisings in the Middle East, what it means to be American and be born with “freedom,” to be newly immigrated refugees looking at their home country fighting for these “freedoms,” all while examining the underlying issues of identity, responsibility, and community.

Using art as the common language, these artists will explore their relationships with one another by participating in art therapy sessions, current topic conversations, and creating a body of work to be exhibited July 16- August 13, 2011 at the Settlement Gallery in Pioneer Square Mall, Portland, OR.  In addition to this first exhibition in July, we have a unique opportunity to present our show in Pittsburgh, PA, in October 2011.  We are currently looking for a Middle Eastern venue to show in June of 2012.

Some pieces and players already involved:
– Andrea (Ray) Boyle: Independent Curator and Arts Administrator
– Dawn Weleski: Founder of Conflict Kitchen (covered by NPR, Dwell magazine, and more); all around Social Practice Artist Phenom.
Sarah Farahat: Intermedia Artist focusing on Palestinian Conflict and recipient of prestigious Beirut Contemporary Art Program Internship.
– “PLACE 2“: 2,000 sq. ft. exhibition space at Pioneer Square Mall. Show running from July 13- Aug 16, 2011.
Beth Ann Short & 100th Monkey Studios: Nationally recognized leader in Art Therapy; Co-Founder 100th Monkey Studios.
Jim Lommasson: Award-winning photographer whose most recent show, “Exit Wounds,” about American soldiers returning from the Iraq war, is traveling the U.S.
Becca Bernstein: Internationally acclaimed portrait artist.
Farooq Hassan: Internationally acclaimed and award-winning Iraqi artist, Currently living and working in Portland, OR.
– Amira Dughri: Aspiring documentary film maker.
Rolla Selbak: Director of feature films, “Three Veils,” and “Making Maya,” American-born Palestinian, raised in the UAE, and now living and working in Portland, OR
Marwan Nahle: Multi-media artist, born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon.  Currently living in Portland, OR.

Our estimated budget for this project is $35,000.  Given the current political climate in the Middle East and Northern Africa, this project could not be more pertinent.  Having open-engagement forums that encourage cross-cultural dialogue through artistic media is  imperative to supporting and increasing understanding.  With your support we can reach and exceed our fundraising goals and take this unique collaboration around the world!  If you, or someone you know is interested in supporting this project financially, with in-kind donations, or your time, please email Ray directly at andboyle@gmail.com

For more information on the project click HERE.