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Gallery 51 to Present Work By Pakistani Artist Ibrahim Quraishi

07/16/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present "Dreaming Arizona," a solo exhibition by internationally renowned artist Ibrahim Quraishi, beginning on Thursday, July 25.

The public is invited to attend a free opening reception for this show - a metaphoricjourney along America's Highway 64, as seen through the eyes of a Pakistani artist -  

From 6 to 9 p.m., in MCLA Gallery 51, on July 25.

"Dreaming Arizona" is a multi-media installation that exploresthe end of cowboyism through seven videos, seven large photographic prints and an original soundtrack. The gallery will be filled with hay, sound and moving images for this special exhibition as visitors step into a multi-media, multi-sensory journey, with Quraishi's commentary on the American Dream by way of the great Wild West.

"Staring into one of Quraishi's video installations, viewers will be mesmerized by the never-ending road trip down Highway 64 and the perpetual question of 'What if?' hanging in the air," said Janette Santos, assistant gallery manager of MCLA Gallery 51. 

"Having worked with Ibrahim over many years, in New York City as well as at MASS MoCA, it is wonderful to have his take on the American Dream," said Jonathan Secor, director of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.  "His work often looks at how the West perceives Islam and the East, so it is refreshing to have it flipped, and have an Eastern Muslim artist's take on America."

"'Dreaming Arizona' is a show of existential melancholy, where the ghosts of cowboy lore ride onward into the horizon. From the hay strewn centerpiece, to the large scale photographs that slowly diminish and disappear into the ether, viewers are sure to be intrigued by this stunning and unique exhibit," Santos said.

Ibrahim~Qiuraishi is a Pakistani-born artist who works with different mediums, including photography, photo painting, video, film, installation, performance, dance and theatre. A co-founder of~Compagnie Faim de Siècle in Paris, his primary interest is the exploration of understanding visual performativity and its relationship to the broader cultural perspectives and their schisms. His approach to the world is that of a traveler.

"Dreaming Arizona" will run through Aug. 25. MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 51 Main St. in North Adams. For more information, (413) 664 8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/Gallery 51 or http://ibrahimquraishi.org.