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Funeral Dress,

Deconstructed Kurdish Dress, Canvas, Found Fabric, Thread, Cotton 122.0 × 91.5 cm

In this work, a Kurdish dress is deconstructed and stitched into a reworked tapestry of pattern and layers. It highlights the ceremonial significance of traditional Kurdish dress.

Nuveen Barwari

About the Artist

Nuveen Barwari (b. 1995, Nashville, TN) is a Kurdish-American artist whose artistic practice focuses on repurposing textiles from her community, such as clothes and rugs, which she sees as tools of resistance. Barwari’s background gave her insight to the traditions of Duhok, in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, and through the mediums of collage, painting, textiles, and installation, she navigates the intricacies of assimilation, material culture, and diasporic identities, challenging cultural symbols, redrawing borders, and reimagining the space between homeland and host land.

Nuveen Barwari holds a Bachelor of Science in studio art from Tennessee State University and an MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her work has been exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Europe, including a solo show at Schick Art Gallery, New York (2023).

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