Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Syrian-American Artist Fuses East and West

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Syrian-American Artist Fuses East and West

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THE PALESTINE Center in Washington, DC hosted the bright work of Syrian-American artist Kinda Hibrawi from Sept. 17 to Nov. 2 in an exhibition entitled "Fusion." Hibrawi attended the exhibit opening and participated in a question-and-answer session in which she shared her inspirations and motivations.

The collection of new pieces celebrates the beauty of the Arabic language, focusing on the power of words. Hibrawi mixes flowery, flowing images reminiscent of Georgia O'Keeffe's art with inspirational words written in a modern Arabic calligraphy.

Although born in Syria, Hibrawi has lived much of her life in the United States. "I think it's really important to represent both cultures in my art," she explained. "I also think that it's more important than ever to project a positive image of the Middle East. There's a reason this exhibit is called 'Fusion.' I really try to fuse both worlds. For me, art is always about creating dialogue. …

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