Digital Exhibitions: The New Freedom Fighters: Women and Nonviolent Resistance and Borderlands Under Fire
While the Stamelos Gallery Center remains closed to the public, we are pleased to announce two digital exhibitions by Chicago-based artist, Kristin Anahit Cass. Her art explores the intensely personal spaces where our lives intersect, considering underlying questions of social justice and human rights. As an artist of mixed ethnicity and a descendent of genocide survivors, Cass’s work reflects her passion for amplifying diverse voices telling stories that inspire change.
The New Freedom Fighters: Women and Nonviolent Resistance project explores the often unrecognized role that women play in the survival and evolution of cultures and communities. The women profiled in this project live every day under military threat and use different types of nonviolent resistance to defend their human rights and mitigate the consequences of war in their communities.
Borderlands Under Fire exposes the world of a frozen conflict and documents the effects of state-sponsored violence on daily life in the frontier villages of Armenia, a tiny country in the South Caucasus. Caught at the geopolitical crossroads of East and West, Armenian villagers find themselves used as pawns in a political power game, and ignored by international organizations like the OSCE and the UN. But they refuse to give up their agency, and they continue working to make change from within their communities. The project explores the villagers’ use of creative nonviolent resistance to defend their human rights and develop their communities.
The Stamelos Gallery Center is pleased to share these digital exhibitions with the UM Dearborn campus and greater community! The New Freedom Fighters: Women and Nonviolent Resistance and Borderlands Under Fire will be available for viewing on December 14, 2020 at: www.umdearborn.edu/stamelos.