Events, Fall 2017

Turn the Page, Sing a Line, Form a Sheet:
Hand Papermaking for Artistic Expression and Social Justice

  • Drew Matott and Jana Schumacher, artists-in-residence, September 4-8, Griffiths Arts Center
  • Gallery reception, September 4, at 4:30 p.m., in conjunction with Poetry for Peace and a reading by Ben Aleshire

    la falce pulp print

    John LaFalce (Peace Paper), £€$$, 2012,
    pulp print on handmade paper

    Drew Matott is a master papermaker with an expertise in the use of traditional papermaking as a form of trauma therapy, social engagement, and community activism. He divides his time between teaching at colleges, participating in artist residencies, completing studio work, designing new papermaking endeavors, and directing the Peace Paper Project. Matott has used papermaking and the book arts as a form of social engagement, advocacy, therapy, and community building in India, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Spain, Kosovo, Ukraine, and Poland.

    In 2016, Matott returned to Europe to work on establishing permanent papermaking-as-art-therapy programs in Ukraine, Poland, and Germany. In Ukraine, Matott has been collaborating with Dr. Olga Bogomolets, founder of the Radomysl Castle, a cultural center in the Zhytomyr region. Their objective is to conduct papermaking workshops with Ukrainian war veterans and their families, and also mental health providers, psychologists, and survivors of sexual violence.

    In Hamburg, Matott has collaborated with German artists, activists, and therapists to create St. Pauli Paper, a permanent papermaking studio that will conduct ongoing papermaking workshops with different populations throughout Hamburg and Berlin.

    Jana Schumacher is a fine artist working and living in Hamburg, Germany. Her work is focused on drawing and installation art, which she exhibits internationally. Currently she is artist-in-residence at Vorwerkstrasse Künstlerhaus.

    Schumacher started working with Peace Paper in January 2016. Her focus has been to design and facilitate global papermaking and social justice workshops in the United States. In addition, her efforts have helped establish the St. Pauli Paper Studio.

an art exhibition in the age of the #muslimban

  • Curator's lecture by Saima Akhtar
    Monday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m., in Griffiths 123, with gallery reception to follow

    Saima Akhtar is an historian and architect by training and holds a PhD in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She joined Yale University's Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage as a postdoctoral associate for Project Anqa. Named after the Arabic word for the Phoenix, and funded by Arcadia, Project Anqa was created to counter the devastating loss of cultural heritage sites throughout the Middle East and Saharan Africa, most notably in Iraq and Syria. Anqa is a multi-partner project formed through the collaboration of CyArk, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), and Yale to deploy international teams and train local professionals in documenting at-risk heritage sites in 3D before they are destroyed or altered. The goal is to make the assembled documentation and information accessible and useful for scholars, peers, and the wider public with state-of-the-art tools. 

    Before coming to Yale, Akhtar was a fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, where she conducted research on the relationship between the rise of Fordism and the urban/social planning of immigrants from the Middle East in Detroit at the turn of the twentieth century. Her work appears in publications including the International Journal of Islamic Architecture and the Journal of Urban History.

  • Informal gallery discussion
    Thursday, November 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    The discussion, organized by gallery intern Alimot Yusuff ’16, will include student reflections on the current exhibition.

    Iram Amin ’19, President of the Islamic Culture Club (ICC); Sahar Delawar ’19, Vice-President of the ICC and chapter leader of Euphrates; and others will share their thoughts on how the exhibition resonates with their own lived experiences. Light refreshments will be served.

Poetry for Peace
Readings are held on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in the Gallery.

    • September 4, to be followed by a reception for visiting artists Drew Matott and Jana Schumacher
    • October 2
    • November 6
    • December 4

Please come to read a poem you've written, a poem by a favorite poet, or just to listen to poems on a different theme. And bring your friends! You are welcome to read poems in languages other than English, but you should provide an English translation as well. Because we believe the empathetic community created by sharing ANY kind of poetry can lead to peace and social justice, we welcome all poems, not just those that touch directly on those themes.

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Dates for Spring 2018 have been announced. The readings for January 22, February 19, and April 30 will be held in the Gallery. And in celebration of World Languages Week, the March 28th reading will be in Carnegie 10.