Shalom/Nabad: Works by Pamela Gaard

Starting Friday, Pamela Gaard will exhibit her work at a solo show at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art. Reflecting changing Minnesota populations (according to Gaard, the state is now home to 75,000 Somalis), her body of work intermingles portraits of friends and colleagues, as well as elders from the Somali community. The title, "Shalom/Nabad," means "peace" in Hebrew and Somali, and both words are also used as greetings. A board member at the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum, Gaard has worked almost exclusively with the East African community over the last six years. In her artist statement, Gaard writes that she has used interpreters while sketching and photographing elders, later finishing the pieces in her studio. "These paintings would not be possible without the help of many scholars, teachers, colleagues, and friends in the community," she writes. A Jewish woman and a second-generation American, Gaard has blogged about the similarities she sees between the East African elders and her own Russian and Turkish grandparents. There will be a public reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, January 31. (Pictured: Portrait of Khadra)
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Jan. 31. Continues through March 7, 2014

 
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