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Street Fashion,

Reused Kurdish Dress, Found Fabric, Canvas 41.0 × 51.0 cm

In this work Barwari stretched a deconstructed Kurdish dress and found fabric over a canvas, a technique common in her practice. The stretching of the fabrics and Kurdish dresses requires taming the flowing nature of the fabrics forcing them in different directions, a form of assimilation in itself.

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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