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Artist Talk: Sama Alshaibi, Michael Fadel, and Anne Farrell
June 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Artists Sama Alshaibi, Michael Fadel, and Anne Farrell discuss their respective featured works as part of form & concept’s CURRENTS New Media Festival 2021 Satellite Show, Model of Motions.
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Award-winning artists Sama Alshaibi and Michael Fadel write, “Model of Motions delivers an ominous message: that in the age of globalization we are on a path towards annihilation.” Alshaibi and Fadel mount their multimedia installation Model of Motions at form & concept, opening June 18. An official satellite show of the CURRENTS New Media Festival 2021, the display features their collaborative piece Swell, a kinetic sculpture featuring a rocking wooden boat, gypsum sand, and an anchor. This ever-shifting artwork is accompanied by a short video titled Footsteps. As a whole, the installation carries visitors to historic and futuristic contexts from the Middle East to Northern Africa, linking the displacement caused by the Silk Road to today’s refugee crises across the globe. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 18, 5-7 pm, and an artist talk featuring Alshaibi, Fadel, and CURRENTS artist Anne Farrell will take place on Saturday, June 19 from 2-3 pm.
Sama Alshaibi, born 1973 in Iraq, situates her own body as a site of performance in consideration of the social and gendered impacts of war and migration. Her work complicates the coding of the Arab female figure found in the visual history of photographs and moving images. In addition to showing in over 150 group and solo exhibitions across the globe, Alshaibi received the first prize Project Development Award from Center (Santa Fe, 2019), the 2018 Artist Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the 2017 Visual Arts Grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Beirut). She was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in 2014-2015 as part of a year-long residency at the Palestine Museum in Ramallah, where she developed an education program while conducting independent research. In 2021, Alshaibi was named a Guggenheim Fellow in photography.
Michael Fadel was born in Lebanon to a Lebanese father and American mother and now resides in New Haven, CT where he works in his studio. He taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arizona and at Southwest University of Visual Arts alongside his practice as an artist. Fadel earned a BFA from Winthrop University and an MFA from the University of Arizona—both in sculpture—and received many distinctions including the Centennial Award and the Edward Francis Dunn Scholarship. Fadel’s technical skills have been employed in Dubai for Ayyam Gallery and the 55th Venice Biennale as a fabricator for artist Sama Alshaibi.