FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andy Johnson, Director
AS THE WORLD WATCHES
MARCH 5 - MARCH 30, 2018
Image Credit: (L-R) Jaelin Lim, David Page, Sabra Lutz
WASHINGTON, DC - Gallery 102 is proud to present As The World Watches. This exhibition presents a select collection of responses to the humanitarian crisis affecting communities in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Like many other countries in our modern era, Myanmar is experiencing an increasingly fractured society and a growing radical movement within their politics. In keeping with some of history’s worst examples of conflict, the rapidly escalating violence in Myanmar is centered around religious and ethnic divisions. Recent riots have caused massive upheaval in the country, bringing long past due attention to the host of human rights issues affecting the Rohingya people. In the wake of this flood, the world has begun to turn its focus on the true cost and scope of a modern genocide. The aim of As The World Watches is to raise awareness of Myanmar’s long history of displaced peoples, and examine how the concept of “Other” has led to the systematic and ongoing annihilation of entire communities. Change can only begin with knowledge.
Exhibiting artists: Erika Berg, Chan Chao, Greg Constantine, Jaelin Lim, Sabra Lutz, David Page, Layla Saad, and Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
- Thursday, March 8, 6:00-8:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 for the opening reception of As The World Watches. The evening will include the screening of Sittwe and a performance by artist David Page. The reception is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.
- Tuesday, March 20, 6:00-8:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 for a screening of Left for Dead: Myanmar's Muslim Minority at the Elliott School of International Affairs (1957 E Street, NW, Room 213). The screening is free and open to the public.
- Monday, March 26, 6:00-8:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 for a screening of The Hidden Genocide at the Corcoran's Hammer Auditorium (500 17th Street, NW). The screening is free and open to the public.
- Friday, March 30, 6:00-8:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 for the closing reception and panel talk with the chief curator and select artists of As The World Watches. The closing and talk are free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.
Layla Saad is a multifaceted artist who works primarily in print, sculpture, and installation. With a hugoesque attitude, her work often explores the synergy between the grotesque and the sublime. She questions perceptions of beauty and challenges notions of identity, and asks others to do the same. Her portfolio explores a diverse body of work from traditional craft to participatory social activism and contemporary fusion art. Layla has received multiple awards and has been shown in galleries and private museums in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. She is currently working at the Renwick Gallery while she earns her BFA at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
Chan Chao and his family left Burma for the United States in 1978. Nazraeli Press has published three books by Chao: Burma: Something Went Wrong, Letter from PLF and Echo. His Burma portraits were included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Chao is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, G Fine Art in Washington, DC, and Paul Kopeiken Gallery in Los Angeles. Chao's photographs are in the permanent collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the L.A. County Museum of Art and the LaSalle Bank Photography Collection. His work has been published in Colors Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GEO Magazine, Culture & Travel Magazine and The Walrus.
Greg Constantine is an American-born documentary photographer/author who works on long-term project focusing on human rights abuse, inequality and injustice. A self-taught photographer, he changed careers while in his early 30s. For the past ten years he has dedicated his work to one-long term project called Nowhere People. The project documents the impact the denial of citizenship and statelessness has on ethnic communities in eighteen countries around the world. The project has resulted in a series of three, interrelated books: Kenya's Nubians: Then & Now, Exiled To Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya, and Nowhere People. Exhibitions of his work have been held in over 35 cities around the world including: NYC, Geneva, London, Tokyo, Brussels, Istanbul, Bangkok, Jakarta, Belgrade, Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, Dublin, Nairobi & Washington DC.
Jaelin Lim’s works are mostly painted on a thick layered rice paper with acrylic paints. Iconic or symbolic forms are used in the work to express her way of finding self-identity through the world that she is surrounded and affected by. Through the materials, she depicts her cultural background. Lim has shown in Zurich and various galleries. She graduated from Langley High School in 2011, attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for a year in 2012. She currently attends Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at GW.
Sabra Lutz was born in a place where dirt roads still exist and art covers every surface, from canvases to old tables and cracked walls. Her early training was heavily influenced by traditional Native American work with a focus on fiber arts. While she has worked as a web designer for over 20 years, her love for traditional art, and the beauty of craft has never left. As a Muslim, her work has a deeply spiritual connection to the global community and much of her recent work has been in traditional Islamic Illumination which she studied under a master artist. Her work has been shown in galleries across the DC Metro region.
David Page earned a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the Cape Tecnikon in 1986 and received an MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. Solo shows include Security Theatre at the Creative Alliance (Baltimore), God and Lunchmeat at Old Dominion University and “Staan Nader, Staan Terug!” (come closer, get away!) at Stevenson University. He received the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award in 1996, 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2014, was awarded Trawick Prize in 2004 and the University of Maryland’s Art for Peace Award in 2001, which included the commission of a small sculptural object that was presented to Nelson Mandela upon his visit to the university. Mr. Page teaches at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University and the American University where he is Sculptor in Residence. He lives in Baltimore with his wife (and jewelry designer) Lauren Schott and pit-bulls, Voltaire and Hank.
Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy is an editorial cartoonist for the Dhaka Tribune - a national English daily of Bangladesh. He is also an assistant editor of "Unmad," the longest running South Asian satire magazine. Apart from his work as a political cartoonist, Tanmoy also creates comic books, graphic novels, and children's book illustrations. He has exhibited his work in Bangladesh, Nepal, Iran, and in the United Kingdom. As one of the founding members of the Bangladesh Cartoonists Association, Tanmoy wishes to continue telling stories of Bangladesh and his generation in a global context through graphic novels and comic journalism. He continues to create ideas into lines and lines into forms from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Gallery 102 and the Student Exhibitions Committee (SEC) is committed to the exhibiting of contemporary art, including work from GW & Corcoran students, DC-area artists, and nationally recognized artists of all medium. The SEC consists of GW & Corcoran students -- undergraduate and graduate, majors and non-majors, artists and art historians -- who both develop innovative, original, and thought-provoking exhibitions throughout GW's campus and invite a select group of guest curators to present exhibitions each semester. The gallery provides practical curatorial experience to the student body. Students have the opportunity to exhibit work, curate shows, and install exhibitions.