Artist and filmmaker Mara Ahmed presented a retrospective of her work in the Fish Screening Room of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 10.
The multimedia presentation explored the relationship between Ahmed’s previous work and her struggle for social justice. She showed video clips from her documentary work as well as images from her latest art series, “The Heirloom,” which explores memory, history and the partition of India. Ahmed also infused collage work, photography and graphic art into the interactive exhibition, with opportunities for Q&A allocated throughout.
Ahmed’s artwork has been exhibited at the Kinetic Gallery in Geneseo, N.Y., the Colacino Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. and most recently at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, Calif. Ahmed’s documentaries, which are released through her production company, Neelum Films, have been broadcast on PBS and showcased at film festivals around the world. They focus primarily on creating a dialogue between various ethnic and religious groups and address issues such as Islamophobia.
The talk was hosted as part of “The Mindful Body” with Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, a First Year Seminar (FSEM) that connects physical practices with social justice principals and challenges students to unlearn habits of thought and action. The retrospective was co-sponsored by the FSEM program and Intercultural Affairs.