Nostalgia to Baghdad: Between Dark & Bright Memories
Nostalgia to Baghdad
Between Dark & Bright Memories
بين ذكريـــات جميـــلة وذكريـــات مظلمــة
Doors at 6:30pm / Performance at 7pm
I didn’t choose to be born in Baghdad
I didn’t choose to be called a Muslim
I didn’t choose to spend my early years hearing bombs and watching funerals
I didn’t choose to be a woman
I didn’t choose to have Saddam Hussein be my president
I didn’t choose to be there when he invaded Kuwait
I didn’t choose to suffer under the economic blockade
I didn’t choose to be close to terror attacks
I didn’t choose to not have electricity for a decade
I didn’t choose not to resist the wave against women
I didn’t choose to make art, but art chose me
I didn’t choose to stay there
I didn’t choose to come to Boise as a refugee
But, I chose and choose to be myself
Resident artist Luma Jasim’s performance involves a projection of her stop-motion animation in the background combined with an original commissioned sound composition. Ms. Jasim will be performing through paint, body gestures and telling stories, which will include sharing perspectives about life in Iraq before and after the invasion and the effect of sanctions on people. This is a continuation of a project which she has been working on for the last two years.
Luma Jasim is an interdisciplinary Iraqi-born artist. Jasim was born and raised in Baghdad during the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. She lived through three wars, an economic blockade, the United States invasion, and later, her immigration to the United States. First, as a refugee she lived in Boise, ID; she got a second Bachelors degree from Boise State University then moved to NYC after receiving a full scholarship from Parsons School of Design, The New School, NY, to get her second master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2017. She is one of the four winners of The 2017 AAF American Austrian Foundation/ Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts. Recently, she has completed the MASS MoCA Residency. Jasim lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Through her multimedia practice, she explores the relationship of different concepts within today’s political climate drawing from past experiences using the personal to address the political through mixed media painting, animation, and performance besides other mediums. A major concept is regarding the relation with home; where someone was born and raised, the choices of leaving and the consequences of staying.