Lunch & Learn: Khalid Albaih

Friday, August 16, 2019 // 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Event Description


Join us in the MOCA Learning Lounge for a buffet lunch provided by NOLA MOCA, a brief lecture via skype with artist Khalid Albaih, and a private tour of Project Atrium - Camp / Wall / Flock with MOCA Director Caitlín Doherty.
As part of Project Atrium Albaih presents his largest installation to date, which builds upon previous work engaging refugees in Denmark. For this exhibition, Albaih worked with members of the refugee community, highlighting Jacksonville as a port city and point of entry into the United States of America. Taking inspiration from a design of a wall posted on Twitter by President Trump that he intends to build along the Southern Border of the United States, Albaih created a wall that divides the Atrium Gallery in half, emblematic of the current national and international immigration reform debate. On one side of the wall, life-sized passport 'tents' form an encampment - temporary, clustered, and containing. On the other side, the passports are inverted, becoming birds flocking and flying freely. Upon entering the exhibition, viewers must choose which side of the Atrium they will enter. The placement of the wall therefore prevents visitors from moving directly from one side to the other, prompting them to reflect upon the ideas surrounding immigration, migration, identity, displacement and home.

Romanian born, Sudanese artist and political cartoonist, Khalid Albaih currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark where he is the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) PEN Artist-in-Residence. He is the 2018 inaugural Soros Arts Fellow for the Open Society Foundation and was the 2016 Oak Fellow at the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College in Maine. Based in Doha, Qatar since 1990, Albaih worked as the Head of Public Art for Qatar Museums Authority. Albaih publishes his cartoons on social media under the name "Khartoon," a pun on his hometown and the capital city of Sudan. His cartoons have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, National Public Radio, and the BBC, and his social and political written commentary has been published in The Guardian, CNN, and Al Jazeera, among others.

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