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Deconstructed Kurdish Dress, Canvas Dyed In Chai, Oil Pastel 71.0 × 56.0 cm

Barwari collages fragments of textiles as a storytelling tool, investigating the multiplicity of materials, their inherited history, and cultural meanings. In this piece, she uses a deconstructed Kurdish dress, canvas dyed in chai and oil pastel, her layered work continuing to delve into the layers typical of Kurdish dress and the women who wear them.

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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