The Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery presented "Unsettled Nostalgia," an exhibit by Syrian artist Mohamad Hafez, from April 24 through May 30, 2018.
The exhibition featured some of Mr. Hafez's acclaimed sculpture and large, three-dimensional, mixed-media installations and included an artistic collaboration created during the 2017-18 school year with members of the Loomis community.
Originally from Damascus, Mr. Hafez was raised in Saudi Arabia and educated in the United States. Mr. Hafez's art, according to his statement, reflects the inherent conflict between the influences of East and West that are part of his identity and echoes the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint, and scrap metal. An architect by profession, Mr. Hafez creates "surrealistic" streetscapes that are structural in appearance and infused with political allusions. .
Concerned that Syrian refugees fleeing violence and oppression have become unwelcome worldwide, Mr. Hafez has reached out to many groups of people in the United States and abroad, and especially to young people, to counter the fear perpetuated by media information and images of Syrians. Now a resident of New Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Hafez speaks about his homeland's history and diverse cultural influences and shares his artwork to demonstrate that Syria is comprised of individuals with families, daily lives, and hopes for the future that mirror those of people in much of the rest of the world.
In the fall, Mr. Hafez was the first convocation speaker on the 2017-18 school theme of "Globalization."
For more information, connect to the artist's website.