SOMERS — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, will host two new exhibits — “David Najib Kasir: My Mother’s Home in Zeros & Deficits,” through March 9, and “Tyanna Buie: Imaginal Dialogues,” through March 22.
David Najib Kasir is an Arab-American contemporary oil painter who was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and now lives in Milwaukee. His series of paintings in the UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery reflects the turmoil of a country that was once the beauty of the Middle East, and is now in a destructive transition. Kasir’s work is comprised of personal narrative and the act of coming to terms with the challenges of family, life, love and loss.
Having lived in Syria, these themes took another turn for Kasir as he witnessed the effect of the Arab Spring and the cause it has had on his mother’s homeland as well as family and friends. Kasir has found different mediums of work in film and media as well as in paint to challenge viewers perception of Syrian and Arab culture.
Tyanna Buie’s exhibition in the UW-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery explores the iconography of objects, people and spaces within the re-interpreted photographic landscape, and the significance of how these representations either become re-imagined, misinterpreted or simply forgotten over time. The printed images are derived from rare family photographs and the documentations of significant objects that depict certain parts of her personal history. Buie’s work engages with the experience of growing up in foster care through the imaginative power of art.
There will also be a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Bedford Concert Hall with music and poetry composed and performed by UW-Parkside students. Philippe Roundtree, mental health expert, will speak on the history of mental health in the African-American community at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Student Cinema.