CULTURE SHIFT

Of all the ties that bind us to our countries of origin, language is often the first to fray. What are the effects of the irreversible change people undergo as they migrate through places and time? Using photographs from families' origin countries and in their new settings, these artworks encourage a comparison of what elements of culture have been retained and which are lost after forced migrations. Words in the origin language call attention to issues like who we idolize, how we view wealth, and how we behave. Threads embroidered at key points bind generations together as they move apart. How much of what we do today is affected by the past? How have our values changed?

Hero (Batl), side A
Hero (Batl), side A

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 12" x 18", 2018

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Hero (Batl), side B
Hero (Batl), side B

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 12" x 18", 2018

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Wealth (Ch'yer), Side A
Wealth (Ch'yer), Side A

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 12" x 18", 2018

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Wealth (Ch'yer), Side B
Wealth (Ch'yer), Side B

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 12" x 18", 2018

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Irreversible (la Yuakhs), Side A
Irreversible (la Yuakhs), Side A

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 12" x 18", 2017

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Irreversible (la Yuakhs), Side B
Irreversible (la Yuakhs), Side B

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 12" x 18", 2017

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Heart/Change (Qalb), side A
Heart/Change (Qalb), side A

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 12" x 18", 2017

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Heart/Change (Qalb), side B
Heart/Change (Qalb), side B

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 12" x 18", 2017

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Hero (Batl), detail
Hero (Batl), detail
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Loyalty (Achlas) Side A
Loyalty (Achlas) Side A

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 11" x 17", 2018 A class photo from Lebanon transposed with descendants' class photo in New York.

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Loyalty (Achlas) side B
Loyalty (Achlas) side B

Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 11" x 17", 2018 A class photo from Lebanon transposed with descendants' class photo in New York.

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Hero (Batl), detail
Hero (Batl), detail
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Hero (Batl), detail
Hero (Batl), detail
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Loyalty (Achlas)
Loyalty (Achlas)

Detail/close up Cut Paper, Photography and Embroidery on Transparent Paper. 11" x 17", 2018 A class photo from Lebanon transposed with descendants' class photo in New York.

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Heart/Change (Qalb), detail
Heart/Change (Qalb), detail
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Heart/Change (Qalb), detail
Heart/Change (Qalb), detail
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Heart/Change (Qalb), detail
Heart/Change (Qalb), detail
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Irreversible (la Yuakhs), detail
Irreversible (la Yuakhs), detail
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Irreversible (la Yuakhs), detail
Irreversible (la Yuakhs), detail
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Wealth (Ch'yer), detail
Wealth (Ch'yer), detail
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Wealth (Ch'yer), detail
Wealth (Ch'yer), detail
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