Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me) Exhibition

Title

Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me) Exhibition

Creator

Habibah (Biba) Sheikh (project director, writer, curator, producer, activist)

Visual Artists
Hani Alqam (Jordan)
Hassan Al Meer (Oman)
Wael Darweish (Egypt)
Mohammad El Howajri (Palestine)
Sinan Hussein (Iraq)
Thameur Mejri (Tunisia)
May Murad (Palestine)
Ahmed Nagy (Egypt)
Lucas Paleocrassas (Greece)
Habibah Sheikh (U.S.A/Lebanon)
Klaudja Sulaj (Albania)
Basel Uraiqat (Jordan)
Abbas Yousif (Bahrain)

Photographer
Andrea Rude

Description

Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me) is a visual and literary exhibition about Islamic Internal Reflections in a Modern World. It is a culmination of writer, performer, director, and curator Habibah (Biba) Sheikh’s collaborations with thirteen Mediterranean and Arab-world artists, many of whom are refugees. As a collective, they created a body of work that weaves her poetic theatre texts, shared immigrant experiences, and testimonies about their communities and neighboring countries into visual works of art. Collectively, they illuminate stories of indignation, systemic discouragement, human trafficking, gender biases, exodus, and survival of life as human flotsam in an ever-changing, turbulent political ocean. Together with Sheikh, the artists are discussing Refugees, America, and Cultural Hybrid Theories.

Besides Sheikh, the artists comprising the collective, many of whom are current residents of occupied territories and refugee camps, include: Hani Alqam (Jordan), Thameur Mejri (Tunisia), Sinan Hussein (Iraq), Taghlib Oweis (Jordan), Wael Darweish (Egypt), Ahmed Nagy (Egypt), Klaudja Sulaj (Albania), Lucas Paleocrassas (Greece), Abbas Yousif (Bahrain), Basel Uraiqat (Jordan), Mohammed Al Hawajri (Palestine), Haitham Khatib (Syria), May Murad (Palestine), Hassan Meer (Oman).

These specific artists, working in different mediums and different countries, are connected through a common literary narrative, but each depicts their varied experiences and identities in distinctive ways, styles, and mediums. Ultimately, these works symbolize a celebration of survival and perseverance, of community, and of culture, and witness how the artists' situations reverberate with refugees worldwide.

Touring Exhibitions 2018-2020

N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan
Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Peeler Art Museum, Depauw, Indiana

Mitli Mitlak’s artworks were brought to life as a theater production, directed by Habibah Sheikh; Part 1 is titled "Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me)," and Part 2 is titled "Right to Live."

Date

2018-2020

Coverage

Jordan
Oman 
Egypt
Palestine 
Iraq
Tunisia
Palestine 
Egypt 
Greece 
Lebanon 
Albania 
Jordan 
Bahrain

Type

Landscape paintings, abstract paintings, contemporary paintings, photography, sculpture, film, video, video portraits, mixed media

Relation

Right to Live

Rights

Rights remain with the artists.

Subject

Refugees, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Contemporary Art, Mediterranean Fire, Jordan, Oman, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Palestine, Greece, Lebanon, Albania, Bahrain

Collection Items

Just A Concert, by Sinan Hussein (Iraq)
“I did not paint the perilous seas, nor the streets of homelessness, associated with refugees”, explains Sinan Hussein. This painting is of a party with refugee guests. Each guest brings his or her social mask in hand, ready to wear. These party…

Daily Images Of Chaotic Events, by Ahmed Nagy (Egypt)
Ahmed Nagy’s series, Daily Images of Chaotic Events, was created in response to poetic theatre texts written by Habibah Sheikh, a nomadic performance artist originally from Lebanon, and the curator of the Mitli Mitlak exhibition. In the text, a…

Daily Images of Chaotic Events 2, by Ahmed Nagy (Egypt)
Ahmed Nagy’s series, Daily Images of Chaotic Events, was created in response to poetic theatre texts written by Habibah Sheikh, a nomadic performance artist originally from Lebanon, and the curator of the Mitli Mitlak exhibition. In the text, a…

Daily Images of Chaotic Events 3, by Ahmed Nagy (Egypt)
Ahmed Nagy’s series, Daily Images of Chaotic Events, was created in response to poetic theatre texts written by Habibah Sheikh, a nomadic performance artist originally from Lebanon, and the curator of the Mitli Mitlak exhibition. In the text, a…

Daily Images of Chaotic Events 4, by Ahmed Nagy (Egypt)
Ahmed Nagy’s series, Daily Images of Chaotic Events, was created in response to poetic theatre texts written by Habibah Sheikh, a nomadic performance artist originally from Lebanon, and the curator of the Mitli Mitlak exhibition. In the text, a…

Daily Images of Chaotic Events 5, by Ahmed Nagy (Egypt)
Ahmed Nagy’s series, Daily Images of Chaotic Events, was created in response to poetic theatre texts written by Habibah Sheikh, a nomadic performance artist originally from Lebanon, and the curator of the Mitli Mitlak exhibition. In the text, a…

Daily Images of Chaotic Events 6, by Ahmed Nagy (Egypt)
Ahmed Nagy’s series, Daily Images of Chaotic Events, was created in response to poetic theatre texts written by Habibah Sheikh, a nomadic performance artist originally from Lebanon, and the curator of the Mitli Mitlak exhibition. In the text, a…
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