From 2011-2014, Sughra Hussainy attended the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan, a school that trains artists in traditional Afghan techniques to revive and preserve the cultural heritage of Afghanistan. In 2016, Hussainy was invited to participate in the exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan at the Smithsonian’s Freer/Sackler Gallery, from March 5, 2016 – October 29, 2017. Through her success in the exhibition and other exhibitions within Afghanistan and in London, Hussainy’s work gained notoriety. It was that notoriety combined with her desire to bring about social change put her life in danger. When Hussainy returned to the US in 2017 to participate in closing activities around the Turquoise Mountain exhibition, she received a call telling her to stay put. She filed for asylum and has been in the US ever since. In Fall of 2018, Hussainy enrolled in Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Community Arts program. She lives and works in Baltimore, MD.
Pictured: Sughra Hussainy, Tahnin-e-aina (Reflection in the Mirror), 2014
Join us for the following programs with Sughra Hussainy, the Julio Fine Arts Gallery Artist-in-Residence for 2018-2019:
Join us for a cup of tea, snacks, and conversation with Sughra Hussainy. Come and learn about Sughra's art, tea in diverse cultures, philosophies on art and community building, cross-cultural interests, poetry, immigration, or wherever the conversation takes us! These are informal events, please feel free to join us whenever you can! All Tea Talks will be held in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery unless otherwise indicated. Tea Talks are free and open to all.
- February 13, 1 - 3 p.m.,
- February 28, 12 - 2 p.m.
- March 13, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
- March 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- April 11, 1 - 3 p.m. *Location TBD
- April 24, 12 - 2 p.m.
- May 1, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. *Location TBD
The Only Divisions that Mattered Now: A Roundtable Discussion with artists Sobia Ahmad, Sughra Hussainy, and Sepideh Salehi
March 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in McManus Theater
The Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Department, Center for Humanities, and Messina are proud to present an engaging evening of discussion with Sobia Ahmad, Sughra Hussainy, and Sepideh Salehi, three women artists from Islamic countries, who will discuss how their artworks engage issues of gender, identity, faith and experiences of dislocation caused by unrest and war. Ahmad, born and raised in Pakistan until emigrating to the United States at the age of fourteen, uses installations, video, and painting to probe questions of how community and notions of belonging are impacted by larger forces beyond an individual’s control. Hussainy is an Afghan political refugee trained in the traditional arts of book miniature painting, illumination and calligraphy. Her work challenges forms of oppression that impose boundaries between people and silence the voices of others. Salehi left Tehran for the Accademia di belle Arte in Florence, where she received her Masters in Fine Arts, before emigrating to the United States. She works across a range of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, and video installation, to explore memory and conflict. Each artist has experienced her own “exit west,” and together their artwork presents a compelling exchange that reflects upon so many lives in the global present shadowed by fear and conflict but sustained by hope and courage.
This event is meant to add to and extend the conversations occurring around the Humanities Symposium text, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, referenced by the quote “the only divisions that mattered now” in the event title, and promises to enrich our conversations about religion, gender, violence, migration and global inequities stimulated by the Humanities Symposium.
Calligraphy and Illumination Workshop
Join Sughra Hussainy for a three-part workshop in traditional Islamic art practices calligraphy and illumination. This workshop will consist of three two-hour long classes on Thursday evenings:
- April 4, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m.
- April 11, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m.
- April 25, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m.
The workshop and all materials will be provided free of charge, but advanced registration is required, and space is limited! For questions, please contact email@example.com.