The 2016 Faith, Reason and World Affairs art exhibition will feature Hend Al-Mansour’s latest installation work: “Mihrab.” Al-Mansour is an Arab-American artist based in Minneapolis who draws on her upbringing and identity as primary themes in her work. She writes, “Mihrab is Arabic for the hermitage where intense worship takes place. It is also the elaborate niche in a mosque, at the center of the wall facing Mecca, toward which the worshippers look. The lavish architectural mihrab is the holiest spot in the mosque. I am making mihrabs/niches as spiritual portraits. The niches will tell stories about Minnesotan Arab women as a means to highlight women’s intimacy with the Divine, therefore, question male-dominant kinship to God and highlight the notion of gender equality.” A Minnesota transplant from Saudi Arabia, Al-Mansour draws on her Arab upbringing in her work. While thematically it makes references to the gender politics in Arab society and in Islamic teaching it borrows aesthetics from Arabic and Islamic art forms. Geometric design, Arabesques, henna patterns, Arabic calligraphy and stylized figures are characteristic of her prints and installations. Al-Mansour has participated in regional, national and international art shows, given speeches about Arab art and her personal journey, and curated exhibitions featuring Middle Eastern artists. This exhibition occurs in conjunction with the symposium and is supported by Concordia College’s Office of Cultural Events, The Arts Partnership and the Lake Region Arts Council.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
1-4 p.m. Sunday • Closed Saturdays
September 20 from 4 - 5:30 pm in the Cyrus M. Running Gallery
September 20 from 4:30 - 5:30 in the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre