An ambitious five-month project featuring 24 women artists from 11 Middle Eastern nations is under way in Central New Jersey.
“The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society” highlights artists from Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Syria, Pakistan and Nigeria. Artists Negar Ahkami (American/Iranian), Zeina Barakeh (Lebanese/Palestian), and Ayana Friedman (Israeli) share their experiences of the Middle Eastern cultural diaspora at the Inaugural Symposium, Scott Lecture Hall, Rutgers, September 9, 2012.
Organized by Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin, Co-Directors of the Institute for Women and Arts at Rutgers University, the project comprises over 50 free events, ranging from art exhibitions to musical performances, in New Brunswick, Princeton, and at the College of N.J.
Fertile Crescent events continue through mid-January. For more information, visit http://www.fertile-crescent.org