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Date of Award

Spring 5-2016

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Author's Program

Art

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

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Unrestricted

Abstract

Founded on my personal experiences of growing up in an interfaith household and my high school semester abroad in Israel, my artistic practice seeks to build bridges between people, connecting diverse communities across divides (cultural, religious, economic, racial, ethnic etc.). Through two process, mediation and pilgrimage to self, specifically in using myself as an active participant, I argue that the process of making can become the neutral ground in which to build relationships and begin to imagine coexistence.

Mediation is expressed by Homi Bhabha’s definition of negotiation: “The ability to articulate differences in space and time…to intervene in the forest of signs and mediate what may seem to be incommensurable values or contradictory realities,” and specifically involves collaboration with Washington University in St. Louis alumna, my friend, Ayesha Mohyuddin. Pilgrimage to self is defined as self-implication, a journey back into personal and historical memory to move forward, gaining an awareness of my own participation in systems of oppression.

Mentor/Primary Advisor

Lisa Bulawsky

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