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Lycoming College will host an exhibit titled "Flight" by artist Sama Alshaibi in the Art Gallery located in Snowden Library from Sept. 16 through Oct. 17. An artist's reception sponsored by Lycoming's art department and the women's and gender studies program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 4-5:30 p.m.
Alshaibi was born in Basra, Iraq, to an Iraqi father and Palestinian mother and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen. Her works evoke the language of suffering, displacement and loss. She often uses her own body as both a protagonist and a site, linking struggles and the way that nations have affected and twisted lives in bodily performances. Her auto-ethnographic approach is informed by her own history of living in war, the double negation to her familial homelands and her countless encounters with those policing borders from the undesired. Alshaibi is an assistant professor of photography at the University of Arizona.
A photographer, video artist and accomplished filmmaker, Alshaibi has exhibited in more than 20 countries. She is represented by Selma Feriani Gallery in London and in the United Arab Emirates by The Empty Quarter in Dubai. Recently, she was accepted in the prestigious Light Work artist-residency program in New York, exhibited her first solo exhibit titled "Zero Sum Game" in London and premiered her collaborative short dramatic film "End of September" at the 2010 Chicago Palestine Film Festival.