Exhibition: Zarafa Unfolding

Zine Installation, 'Apricots From Damascus', Akin and Winchester

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – Saturday, February 15, 2020,
Venue: SP/N Gallery
Admission: Free
Season: 2019-20

Zarafa Unfolding is an exhibition of art works, installations and performances exploring the cultural complexities of issues and identities of creatives coming from Middle-Eastern and South-Asian descent. Most are artists who have connected with Dallas at one time or another, making contributions which have helped define this city and beyond as more globally dynamic. Their work represents a diversity of situations, perspectives, mediums and actions through their individual efforts to define themselves as creative agents within colliding cultures- while also confronting differences within their own cultures.

The word “Zarafa” is Arabic for “charming” or “lovely one,” it is also the phonetic word for the strange, exotic, African creature known as the “giraffe” in English. The historic name “Zarafa” was given to this odd, beautiful anomaly of nature, stolen from its homeland Sudan and transplanted to Paris—the center of the Western world in 1827—to a spellbound public that had never before seen the likes of such curiosity. A diplomatic gesture that failed, a spectacle unrehearsed and a longing—struggling to adapt in such a foreign land… this story is not unfamiliar, nor need it be, in charting the challenges of one’s own creative adaptation, intellect and reflective verve.

Reception: January 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: January 18, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Artists include: 

Shafaq Ahmad
Atif Akin
Ayman Alamoudi*
Ameer Alwan
Maedeh Asgharpour*
Maryam Baig*
Sarah Bawany
Simeen Farhat
Marjaneh Goudarzi*
Jin-Ya Huang*
Niloo Jalilvand*
Mona Kasra*
Pooran Lashini*
Goran Maric
Adnan Razvi*
Aqsa Shakil*
Fahimeh Vahdat
Noor Wadi
Dilek Winchester

*= UT Dallas alumni/student

Greg Metz – Curator
Sarah Hashmi – Programming Coordinator  

SP/N Gallery hours:
Sunday - Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday - Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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