Five women from Asia and the Middle East are in the spotlight as the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield opens for another season.
“Fluidity, Layering, Veiling: Perspectives from South Asian & Middle Eastern Women Artists” features an assortment of works in various media by women of various ages and backgrounds, who now reside in the United States: Samira Abbassy, Jaishri Abichandani, Siona Benjamin, Afarin Rahmanifar and Naomi Safran-Hon.
The show, on view until Oct. 27, is curated by Dr. Deborah Frizzell, a professor at William Paterson University — from an idea proposed by Sophia Gevas, the SHU gallery’s director.
“To one degree or another, each of us has roots in other cultures, with vastly divergent ethnicities, social mores and ways of life,” gallery literature explains. “This can result in personal identities that have multiple layers, and juxtapositions that are not always easily reconciled with contemporary American society. The artists in this exhibition explore the layers of their identities as women, filtered through intelligent, thought-provoking imagery.”