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[5 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Curator Samina Ali about the vision and inspiration behind the new International Museum of Women exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices. Her answers are below.
I was excited to hear about the Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices by the International Museum of Women! Can you share with our readers your role in this exhibition?
I’m the curator for the Muslima exhibition, which launched on March 8th and will be live until the end of December 2013. So for nine months, the exhibition will be …

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[3 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Art Is Magic! An Interview with Manal Deeb

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Palestinian American Visual Artist Manal Deeb about the inspiration behind her art and the influence of identity.
Can you share a little about your personal background? What inspired you to pursue a career in art?
Career is not the word – I pursued art as a healing tool – it was to translate inner conflict.  To me art is therapy and something I do naturally every day. I used to think that my artistic talent is personal and that I should keep it to myself – the …

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[3 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Why I Take Baths in Lightning Storms

Why I Take Baths in Lightning Storms
After Frida Kahlo’s ‘What the Water Gave Me’
By Sarah D. Lawson
 
It is hard to know how much time has passed
inside this well. There is no minute
hand, only palms and the pruning, the nails
peeling away from their fingers
like old paint-

the love lost on the ocean floor
the flowers you left in the water by my bed-
each bloom, the happiest little death.
 
These are the pieces of me the water gives back.

 
Every molecule every thorn every dead
skin cell shedding a new opening.

sadness is its own kind of submersion,
a …

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[2 Apr 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
It Is Too Cold: A Voice from Syria

Amal*
Syria 
“The fire was getting closer and everything that was in this house, from memories, pictures, life, was fading away in front of my eyes.”
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It is six months into the revolution. It is too cold…there is fear, anxiety, and panic on every face and I do not know what is happening. Is this the sound of thunder or the sound of shootings, the sound of women weeping together with the cries of babies?
Things I hear but do not see, searching for safety, security, and for the end of fear and sadness. In …

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