Schedule

FRIDAY 4.5.13

9 a.m. | CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:30 a.m. | OPENING REMARKS
Anan Ameri, director, Arab American National Museum
Holly Arida, DIWAN5 coordinator

10-11:30 a.m. | AFTER THEIR DIASPORA
Artists contemplate Palestinian life in exile through a variety of mediums.

Moderator: Mejdulene Shomali
Suicide Bombers – Hamza Salim
Interculturality as Form – Eric Drury
Portraits of Desire and Denial – John Halaka

11:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. | WHY AM I HERE?
Using film as their medium, teenagers in the U.S. and Syria explore identity and portray their culture.

Moderator: Candice Haddad
Dearborn Youth Remix The American Dream – Isaac Miller, Kamelya Youssef and 11th grade students from Star Academy
Take 2: Digital Youth and International Art Collaboration – Scott Zuniga and students

12:30-1:30 p.m. | LUNCH + PRESENTATION: The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit
Tatiana Hernandez of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation explains the March 25-April 22, 2013 communitywide contest to find and fund the best arts ideas.

1:30-3 p.m. | ART REVOLUTION: TREMORS FROM THE ARAB AWAKENING
Arab artists respond to the Arab Spring through their artistic practice.

Moderator: Matthew Jaber Stiffler
Capacitation – Leila Tayeb
Artist Swerve: Navigating your Artistic Practice around the Arab Revolutions – Khaled Mattawa
Arab Awakening: The Role of Art in Civil Society – Nama Khalil

3-4:30 p.m. | TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
A dialogue with DIWAN5 attendees concerning the impact of Islamophobia and the Arab Spring on the presentation of Arab art in America.

Moderator: Holly Arida
Reem Gibriel, ceramist
Suheir Hammad, poet/actor
Michael Orlove, director, presenting and artist communities, National Endowment for the Arts
David J. Fraher, president & CEO, Arts Midwest

6:30 p.m. | OPENING RECEPTION
DIWAN5: THE EXHIBITION
The AANM proudly presents works by 13 Arab American artists drawn from its permanent collection. Some have never before been exhibited here while others are highlights from exhibitions past.

Recent donations of works by Hanah Diab, Julienne Johnson and John Peters will make their debut in the Lower Level Gallery in this exhibition. Adnan Charara’s energetic and immensely popular drawing, Open Minded, returns for a showing. And Helen Zughaib’s vivid Prayer Rug for America is back on display from the Museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition, In/Visible. DIWAN5 presenters John Halaka and Reem Gibriel are both represented in the exhibition.

By spotlighting stellar works from its collection, the AANM aims to foster the creation, display and collection of Arab American art in the national Arab American community and in the American art/entertainment mainstream.

7:30 p.m. | SAADI IN CONCERT
Syrian-born, New York City-based Boshra al Saadi, aka Saadi, has been called “an electro-pop diva with an angelic voice.” Saadi comes to DIWAN5 from NYC’s East Village to perform her musical creation that draws on such influences as Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, classic 80’s synth pop, traditional Arabic music, punk rock and Nigerian music.

Separate ticket required:
Available online at www.arabamericanmuseum.org and at the door

$9 DIWAN5 participants + Museum Members
$10 general public

SATURDAY 4.6.13

9 a.m. | CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:30-11 a.m. | READINGS ON A SHIFTING LANDSCAPE
Arab American writers share stories of intersecting lives, lived in intersecting lands.

Moderator: Andrew McBride
Flying Carpets and Tea in Heliopolis – Hedy Habra
The Palestine Poems – Mejdulene Shomali
Humor as Intelligence – Randa Jarrar
Literature, Narrative and Resistance – Susan Abulhawa

11a.m.-12:30 p.m. | ICONOCLASTS: ARAB AMERICAN WOMEN CROSS THE NEW FRONTIER
Arab Female Artists as the creator, the subject, and the object.

Moderator: Nadine Naber
The Body Bomba: An Egyptian American artist’s reflections on Mona Eltaway, Aliaa el Mahdy and Samira Ibrahim – Katherine Toukhy
Speak, Silk: A Poetry and Fiction Reading – Christina Najla LaRose
Writing on the Margins: Afifa Karam: The First Arab-American Woman Novelist – Elizabeth Claire Saylor

12:30-1:30 p.m. | LUNCH

1:30-3 p.m. | NARRATING THE NON-NARRATIVE THROUGH EXPERIMENTAL ART
Four artists present and dialogue about the practice of experimental Arab art from multiple perspectives.

Mike Khoury – music
Leyya Mona Tawil – dance
VJ Um Amel – transmedia
Nadim Damluji – alternative literature

3-3:30 p.m. | FASHION SHOW
The designer presents a series of avant-garde art garments that act as an outward expression of the fragmented identity among multigenerational transnational descendants of the Ottoman Empire.

Levon Kafafian
Our Second Skin: Fashion Forward from the Ottoman Empire

3:30-5 p.m. | SIXTEEN
The artist dedicates this performance to Dr. Anan Ameri, AANM founding director

A performance by Suheir Hammad, poet/actor/activist

9 p.m. | DIWAN5 AFTER-PARTY
Trinosophes, 1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI

Party with your DIWAN5 friends and meet hip Detroiters at a new, multi-genre arts space located in one of the city’s most creative neighborhoods –Eastern Market, a fresh-food hub since 1891 and home to artists; independent restaurants, retailers and galleries; and several letterpress print shops.

Cover charge + entertainment TBA
Free shuttle service provided between AANM and Trinosophes

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