Her Story Is

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Date(s) - Sun. Jun. 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Her Story Is supports artistic conversations, exchanges, and creation among female U.S. and Iraqi artists.

This June, Her Story Is presents theater, poetry, visual art, and music emerging from a collaborative multidisciplinary exploration among women artists from Iraq and the Boston area. The project celebrates common ground among the artists in both countries, while acknowledging profound cultural and political differences. The presentations cap several years of programming, research, and exhibition between artists and scholars from Iraq and the Boston area. All events are free.

ABOUT HER STORY IS

Her Story Is focuses on empowering women’s voices. For the past year, four American women artists and four Iraqi women artists have communicated via Skype, email, and blogging about their art, their lives, and the relation of both to their countries and the world.

In December 2017, seven of these artists met for five days in Dubai, a location accessible to both Americans and Iraqis. Over the five days, each participant offered a workshop for the others. At this face-to-face encounter among women from two countries divided by war and geography, the participants discussed their artistic disciplines, told personal stories, and laughed and cried. All felt that the face-to-face meeting was an invaluable step in building their relationships as individuals and artists as they discovered common and divergent experiences between women from Iraq and the United States.

After the artists and coordinators left Dubai, they reaffirmed their commitment to continuing the relationships and laying the groundwork for a series of collaborative projects in both countries. Since then, teams creating specific works have met regularly. As a full group, they continue to participate regularly in Skype calls as they prepare for the public exhibits and performances.

This project to support, strengthen, and expand relationships between women artists in Iraq and the Boston area continues work begun in the Basra-Boston Project, which offered a very successful exhibit and performances at Atlantic Wharf in 2016. It is the current phase in an ongoing collaboration among Fort Point Theatre Channel, UMass Boston’s Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, the University of Basra, the Center for Arabic Culture, the Odysseus Project, playwright Amir Al Azraki, and the Lotus Women’s Cultural  League.

Performances: New Short Works by Female Artists,
Playwrights, and Poets from Iraq and the United States
June 15: Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston
June 24: Arts at the Armory,191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
Art Exhibit, June 8-27: Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston
 
Tuesday, June 26: Amir al-Azraki, lecturer, at the Writers’ Workshop, William Joiner Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston