‘Images of Hope’

Contemporary Iraqi art to be displayed at Maple Grove Arts Center

The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) has announced a partnership with Maple Grove Arts Center to present artworks by contemporary Iraqi artists now through Nov. 5.

The gallery will be showcased at the Maple Grove Arts Center, 7916 Main St. in Maple Grove. Hours of the gallery will be Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. through Nov. 5.

Almost a decade after the United States invaded Iraq, the effects of the war remain: deaths of loved ones, violence, and destroyed infrastructure. Yet there is also hope. Artists in the exhibit bring attention to both the lasting devastation of war and hope for the future.

The exhibit is curated by Lauren Traver. Featured Iraqi artists will include Tamara and Sundus Abdul Hadi, Jamal Penjweny, and others. Artworks by participating artists have been shown at exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Rome, Paris, London, Istanbul, Cairo, Damascus, and other cities around the world.

The exhibit will draw from two recent IARP exhibits. Not About Bombs featured five contemporary Iraqi female artists at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis in February 2012. Navigating the Aftermath presented a selection of Iraqi and American artists portraying personal experiences with the aftermath of war. Navigating the Aftermath began at the University of Minnesota Regis Center gallery in February 2011 before touring six Greater Minnesota towns.

More information is available by calling the Maple Grove Arts Center at 763-250-1016.