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POSTPONED - Sneak Peek - Seeing Black: Nicky Nodjoumi’s "Here is Aleppo"
**This webinar has been POSTPONED due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the short notice. Stay tuned for more details and email AsiaScholarlyProgram@si.edu with any questions.**

Since the late 1990s, the National Museum of Asian Art has been collecting contemporary Asian art, focusing primarily on photography. The growing collection both highlights the tremendous contributions of Asian artists and offers nuanced artistic perspectives on the historical, cultural, and economic changes within the continent. Among the museum’s recently acquired works is Nicky Nodjoumi’s Here is Aleppo, a three-panel ink painting from 2017. A major figure in the history of contemporary Iranian art, Nodjoumi has developed a distinctive body of work over the last five decades. Here is Aleppo is a monumental example of the artist’s own process of wrestling with the power dynamics that shape today’s world. Often starting with newspaper photographs, which he gathers as raw material for his work, he employs gesture and medium to respond to the moment captured in a documentary image. Here, a photograph of a destroyed building in Aleppo becomes the basis for Nodjoumi’s representation of the devastating consequences of violence and power. An important work for our times, Here is Aleppo also marks a notable turn in Nodjoumi’s practice toward the politics of environmental trauma. Join curator Carol Huh for a closer look at this new acquisition by one of the most important voices in contemporary Iranian art.

This talk is part of the monthly lunchtime series Sneak Peek: New Research from the National Museum of Asian Art, where staff members present brief, personal perspectives and ongoing research, followed by discussion. In 2022, the series will focus on collecting practices and the collections of the National Museum of Asian Art.

May 10, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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