YVETTE DRURY DUBINSKY "There and Gone"
Brett Williams "Memory Old and New" (New Media Room)
May 10 - June 15, 2013
The exhibition There and Gone is inspired by Yvette Drury Dubinsky’s intense reaction to the violence and destruction currently happening in Syria and in the Middle East and, presented as a mixed media installation with a group of related smaller works. Dubinsky traveled in Lebanon and Syria in late 2009, exploring astonishing archeological treasures and monuments and befriending two Syrian families. Since then, the historic sites she visited have gone under siege and some have been destroyed. Caught in the crossfire of Syria's war, one family was forced from their Damascus home and is now living as refugees in a mountain village. The other family, from Aleppo, fled to Turkey. Without income, the two families face a dramatic change from the middle class lifestyle they led when Dubinsky met them. There and Gone deals with bearing witness to Syria's war and the human plight therein as well as Dubinsky's emotions arising as she works from the perspective of her relatively peaceful, parallel existence in the United States. Combining drawings, monoprints, painting, alternative photography, industrial materials and found objects, There and Gone imagines the pain, ruins, rubble and carnage in places which just three years ago were alive and intact.
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