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Taking a Stand: Exhibition Tour

Hair clippers, lotion bottle, soap dish, and toothbrushes on a bathroom vanity
Detail of Noura Ballout, Dirty Savage, Construction of the Savage series, 2018. Courtesy the artist. 

Saturday, January 18, 2020
2:00 – 4:00 pm


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Lecture / Discussion
Open to the public
Free of charge

Please RSVP to reserve your place for this free event.

Join us for an exhibition tour of Taking A Stand with Stamps Gallery Director, Srimoyee Mitra, followed by a talk by Detroit-based artist, curator, and founder of the studio and residency space Habibi House, Noura Ballout. 

Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series

Following their presentation, Ballout will lead a group discussion on the book Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 1.

Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event SeriesRecommended reading: King, Nia. Queer & Trans Artist of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.

Noura Ballout is an artist, curator, and entrepreneur. They work in a wide range of creative mediums, maintaining a primary practice in photography. Their work is about constructing and finding home while navigating an intersectional identity in diaspora, which often manifests in the meeting of art and community. Noura is the founder of Habibi House, a studio and residency space in Detroit and is the recipient of the 2019 Gilda Award, awarded by Kresge Arts in Detroit, a program of The Kresge Foundation. Noura has exhibited their work across Detroit, NYC and Philadelphia, including The Arab American National Museum, Wayne State University, Flux Factory, Salon AlMahjar, and Vox Populi.

About the Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series

The Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series is centered around queer, mixed-race writer, artist, filmmaker, and activist Nia King’s book series Queer & Trans Artists of Color Volumes 1, 2 & 3. In the books, King interviews fellow queer and trans artists of color about their work, their lives, and making it” — both in terms of success and in terms of survival. Each event features a guest artist who will speak about their own practice and lead a group discussion on a topic from the book. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series is organized by Stamps Gallery and presented in partnership with the U‑M Spectrum Center with support from the Ann Arbor District Library. It is sponsored by the U‑M Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Purchase copies of the Queer & Trans Artists of Color books here.

For more information about this event or the Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series contact, Stamps Gallery Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan at jenjkhan@​umich.​edu or (734) 6155322.