Cleveland State University
The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University

Current Exhibitions

Another Way of Looking: Influences from Islam
main gallery: May 21 to June 26, 2010

Nama Khalil, Ka’aba Series, 2009, silkscreen, 9x9” each

Nama Khalil

When Prophet Ibrahim built the Holy Shrine in Makka, his prayers were that this place should remain a centre of worship for all good and pious people. Prophet Ibrahim with his son Ishmael built this House for devout worship to one God. This Holy Shrine has gathered millions of pilgrims across the world every year for Hajj. It is the only place that individuals are not judged by their race or class. The required attire is simple and unified.

Now in the 21st century the Ka’aba as a cube structure has not changed despite the constant changes surrounding the city. Mekka, like most cities in the world has been touched by globalization and modernization. The city went from being a desert to having simple buildings to sky scrappers and franchising restaurants like Kentucky Fried Chicken.  This piece shows the development and progress in time of the city, emphasizing the basic principles of the Islamic faith has remained the same. The last image is an encompassing future projection of how the city might become while the Ka’aba remains the same.

Artist Biography

Nama Khalil received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Khalil’s Thesis Exhibition was derived from her personal experience, exploring instances of silenced and suppressed voice in post 9/11 society. She explores the notion of ‘Otherness” in her work while attempting to speak for herself as an Other, or acting as a mediator between her subjects and her viewers.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in the Cleveland area. She has three works in The Mandel Center for Non Profit Organization. She will be receiving her Masters in Middle East Studies from University of Michigan as she will continue to explore current issues prevalent to United States and Middle East, in her academic and art career.

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