Feda Eid, The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts’ 2023 Artist-in-Residence, and Teen Bridge Artists Jacob DePalm, Elian Feliz, Hajar El Ayoubi, Rose Gelin, and Marie Liza Manigat
صنع في أمريكا (Made in USA) questions ideas of American nationalism, borders and pride, and the power of creation for healing and transformation. Reflecting on the historical and ongoing violence deeply rooted in this country, it asks: What will we continue to grow and make here? Do we have the courage to transform and stitch a new tapestry of collective liberation? The exhibition features Feda Eid’s صنع في أمريكا (Made in USA) series alongside work by a cohort of young artists from Boston: Jacob DePalm, Elian Feliz, Hajar El Ayoubi, Rose Gelin, and Marie Liza Manigat, as a part of the The Eliot School’s Artist in Residence and Teen Bridge programs.
صنع في أمريكا (Made in USA) explores Feda’s upbringing as an Arab and Muslim in the so-called USA, in the context of her experiences in its "melting pot" of assimilation, Islamophobia, orientalism, and dominating negative stereotypes perpetuated by art, politics, and the media. Through a reimagined red, white and blue color palette, the series delves into the up-rooting and replanting of her parents from seeds of war, and the blooming of self from the complex soils of the past. The portraits, still lifes, videos, and installations are fashioned using second-hand, handmade, and mass produced objects referencing pop culture elements from SWANA (South West Asian and North African), Levantine, and “American” traditions. The blending of these symbols points to creation as a sacred, transformative, and healing practice that can guide us towards the future.
As part of The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts’ 2023 Artist-in-Residence program, Feda worked with young artists to create work related to the صنع في أمريكا (Made in USA) series, teaching them practices of photography and visual storytelling to craft self-portraits rooted in their own experiences as well as portraits of inspirational community members. In collaboration with the Boston Public Library Community History Department, the artists learned how to use BPL Oral History Backpacks to conduct interviews with community members and curated excerpts to complement their visual storytelling. صنع في أمريك (Made in USA) will live on in the Digital Commonwealth, a site that provides access to digitized photographs, manuscripts, books, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest.
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