Aug 12 - Oct 17 2010
Tarjama/Translation: Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Central Asia, and Their Diasporas

H.F. Johnson Museum of Art 

This unprecedented exhibition features contemporary artists from the Middle East, Central Asia, and its diasporas, whose works use different methods of translation. Encompassing a variety of media and artistic strategies, the exhibition examines the different ways that artists engage with people, objects, images, and ideas traveling across geographic spaces, media forms, histories, and personal contexts. Tarjama/Translation treats the multiple processes of translation as dynamic and complex, from linguistic and textual devices to the persistence of historical memory and the transformations engendered by increasing globalization.

This exhibition has been organized by ArtEast ( and curated by Leeza Ahmady, independent curator; Iftikhar Dadi, associate professor, Department of the History of Art/interim chair, Department of Art; and Reem Fadda, PhD candidate in the History of Art/associate curator of Middle Eastern Art, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.