Work by Parisa Ghaderi (MFA 2014) is featured in Ornate/Activate, an exhibition on display at Milwaukee’s Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum from February 16 — May 14, 2017.
Ornate/Activate examines the use of decorative motifs, architectural elements, cursive scripts, traditional forms, and other forms of pattern making by artists of South Asian origin to merge and reclaim decoration and craft as meaningful and critical art forms. The exhibition, organized by the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) and curated by Alexander Campos, addresses themes such as inequality stemming from the global economy, loss of language and culture, gender violence, discrimination, segregation, and issues of equality and identity. The artists in Ornate/Activate recognize a need to reclaim tactile and decorative methods of making as a way to address social, political, and economic issues and also to confront the ever-growing presence of technology in everyday life.
Exhibition Dates: February 16 — May 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16th, 2016, 6pm — 8pm
Talk by SAWCC Director Monica Jahan Bose followed by gallery walk through by guest curator Alex Campos: 6:30pm
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
2220 N. Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202