Friday, November 09, 2012

Exhibition: Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas

Rutgers--Camden Center for the Arts

Ornament and Narrative
Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas
Artist Lecture: Siona Benjamin
In the Stedman Gallery
Thursday November 15th, 4 pm
 Reception immediately following 

The painter Siona Benjamin, who resides in New Jersey, will discuss the ideas animating her work as well as how her cultural heritage has influenced her practice. "I am an artist originally from Bombay, India, of Bene Israel Jewish descent. My work reflects my background and the transition between my old and new worlds." Her work in Ornament and Narrative features the installationLilith and paintings from her recent series Improvisation that draw on traditional images, cultural references and styles from her Indian-Jewish heritage, transformed through her own unique, contemporary pop cultural sensibility. The work synthesizes seemingly disparate elements from her rich multi-cultural background, and elements of both her old and new worlds. 
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Siona Benjamin
Lilith (detail) 2007
gouache on gold leaf on wood panel
30 x 26 in
Courtsey of Flomenhaft Gallery
New York
Ornament and Narrative
Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas
Through December 15

Ornament and Narrative:Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas features the work of Roya Akhavan, Najla Arafa, Siona Benjamin, Lalla Essaydi, Sissi Farassat, Naomi Safran-Hon, Soody Sharifi, Mitra Tabrizian and Shahar Yahalom. This exhibition brings together women from the East, most of whom live abroad, whose contact with other cultures transforms the artistic traditions that travel with them.
Gallery Hours:  Monday through Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Thursday evenings until 8 pm
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts programs are made possible with support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Campbell Soup Foundation; and other generous supporters.
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