Art Exhibition Reflects on the Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks
Kent State University’s School of Art presents “E. Pluribus: Reflections on the Anniversary of 9/11,” on view through Sept. 29 at the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. A reception and performance by artist Sabba Elahi will be held on Monday, Sept. 11, from 5-7 p.m. For the performance, Elahi will be writing the names of dead civilians from drone attacks in Pakistan from 2014-2017 in ink onto a large piece of rice paper, which already includes names from 10 years of the conflict from 2004 through June 2014. The data and the work are inspired by the Naming the Dead Archive from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.
“E. Pluribus: Reflections on the Anniversary of 9/11” presents artists’ responses to the 9/11 attacks and the repercussions of those tragic events from which the world still reels. Through an unsentimental perspective, earnest engagement, research and lived experience, combined with beauty and craft, they call attention to and offer opportunities for engagement about topics ranging from drone strikes in Pakistan to those detained without trial in Guantanamo to the destruction and looting of ancient and contemporary culture from Iraq to Syria. Artists included in the show are Mahwish Chishty, Amber Ginsberg and Aaron Hughes, Jackie Kazarian, Michael Rakowitz, Alison Ruttan, Barbara Koenen, Mary King and Elahi.
This exhibition was curated by Koenen at the UNUM gallery in Chicago in 2016 for last year’s 15th anniversary of the attacks. Kent State School of Art Assistant Professor Chishty has been involved with the exhibition since its initial showing.
“In Chicago, at the showing of the exhibition last year, I felt very fortunate to be part of a community of like-minded people,” Chishty says. “’Where else would I rather be on this specific day?' I asked myself. 9/11 is engraved in our memories, and I cannot think of any other day in my life that I remember so clearly. I hope that people from all walks of life will join us in Kent and share their experience of how this event has affected them, both directly and indirectly, while viewing highly crafted, thought-provoking artwork.”
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Center for the Visual Arts, on the first floor of the Art building, is located at 325 Terrace Drive in Kent. The Center for the Visual Arts Gallery is located on the first floor.