The Museum for Art in Wood is proud to present a series of free virtual lectures with artists featured in the upcoming exhibition Seeing through Space, opening March 3, 2023, and running through July 23, 2023. This series is meant to connect the public with the artists and engage in thoughtful discussions about mashrabiya in the context of architecture, art, craft, and community. Our fifth lecture will feature artist Nidaa Badwan.
Born in the UAE, Nidaa Badwan moved at the age of 12 to Gaza City, where she studied for her BFA in the Fine Arts School at Al-Aqsa University. She is a photography and performance artist who achieved international renown with her 2013 series “100 Days of Solitude,” which depicted the artist occupied in various domestic and art-making activities while spending 100 days in sequestration in her home in Deir el-Balah, Gaza, after being harassed by Hamas and overwhelmed by the harsh realities of life in Gaza, embroiled in ongoing violence with the Israeli Defense Forces. Her use of Western art tropes that typified Baroque work by canonical artists such as Caravaggio, including chiaroscuro and dynamic, twisting bodily compositions, offset the stark metaphor of her self-declared enclosure, within a country upon which enclosure is imposed. Badwan now lives in Italy and has been a professor of art at the Université San Marino.
This event is free to the public. The Museum for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.
Questions? Please contact Katie Sorenson, Director of Outreach and Communications, at [email protected].
To learn more about The Mashrabiya Project and Seeing through Space, click HERE.
The Mashrabiya Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Special thanks go to:
Rockler Tools for in-kind support
The exhibition program at the Museum is generously supported by members of the Cambium Giving Society of the Museum for Art in Wood, the Bresler Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, William Penn Foundation, and Windgate Foundation.
Corporate support is provided by Boomerang, Inc., and Sun-Lite Corporation.