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Hillary Perhot: Tactile Records

Photographer Hillary Perhot’s practice transforms based on sense, nonsense and serious play. In a time of massive image circulation, high-resolution 4k pictures and full-frame digital sensor cameras of ever-increasing mega-pixels, Perhot focuses her attention toward tactile, analog methods of photography.

2018-02-27T14:55:27+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Categories: Visual Arts Series, Visual Arts Series 2018|

The Columbus Crossing Borders Project

While millions of people are fleeing war, terror and persecution, 34 artists and a film crew have embarked on a mission to inspire understanding and compassion. The Columbus Crossing Borders Project, directed by Laurie VanBalen and documentary filmmaker Doug Swift, is presented as a traveling visual art exhibition and documentary film.

2018-04-23T13:58:20+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Visual Arts Series, Visual Arts Series 2018|

The Sphere of Magic and other Visionary Objects/Extraordinary Images by Mark Soppeland

Artist Mark Soppeland, a distinguished professor of art emeritus at the Myers School of Art, The University of Akron, performs the roles of conceptualist, designer, craftsman, historian, philosopher, storyteller, pantheist, scientist and magician in The Sphere of Magic and other Visionary Objects/Extraordinary Images, his solo exhibition of mixed media paintings, collages and sculpture at Dublin Arts Council. The artwork relates to Soppeland’s interest in interpreting the symbolic and cultural baggage of found objects and images to evoke memory.

2018-03-12T11:23:01+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Visual Arts Series, Visual Arts Series 2018|

Updates from Ahmed Ali

Being a part of this interactive project has been amazing for me! I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet local Somali trailblazers from Columbus. Hearing their stories alongside mine has brought a positive light to our community and I believe it’s changing the narrative. Sometimes when people hear  "Somali community”, an inaccurate idea that Somalis are a group of uneducated and insular people may form in their heads.

2017-09-25T09:39:02+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Categories: Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah|

Reflections from a Community Artist by Faduma Hasan

Growing up with Somali parents for every Somali is a completely different experience. My parents promoted creativity but like most parents, education was the top priority. They always encouraged me to find my passion, they encouraged me to choose a career that I would love, of course with the many options there are, my young self went from everything from a fashion designer to a neurosurgeon. To this day, they promote that same message to my younger siblings.

2017-08-09T15:01:13+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah|

Reflections on the Project by Riya Jama

When Qorsho first approached me about being a mentor for a photo narrative project, I was ecstatic to begin my role as a mentor. The opportunity to utilize the skills I had learned throughout my life was presenting itself in the most beautiful way: through mentorship and empowerment of young Somali girls.

2017-08-09T14:57:14+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah|

Reflections on Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah: Community In-Between by Qorsho Hassan

As an educator, I often invite guests into my classroom in order to construct a safe space for Somali-American role models to be recognized for their excellence. My scholars' response to the guests are profoundly powerful and this classroom activity is one of the many reasons why Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah/Community In-Between was developed. Visible role models, who are minorities, play an important part in their marginalized communities because they allow members to see what they can be; they ensure dreamers have access to success.

2017-08-09T14:51:47+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah|