Children's Art in Vienna Exhibition

Ends January 1, 2014

Twelve children's drawings/paintings from the ICAE collection are included in the new exhibit Salon der Angst, September 6, 2013 - January 1, 2014. The pieces are from Al-Mansour Pediatric Hospital (2001) and from Al-Ghazolia Refugee Camp, (Baghdad, 2004) We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of Drs. Salma Al-Haddad and Mazin Al-Jadiry. The hospital drawings would not be possible without their support and collaboration.

For more information about the complete program, visit the web site of The Vienna Art Hall.

Fear and anxiety are familiar to all. Salon der Angst will not only focus on generalized feelings of insecurity and threat, but also on how culture shapes both individual and collective experiences of fear and fearful events. Depictions of fear, terror and the distraught are well-tread in art history, but also characterize a younger generation's artistic practice that responds to a contemporary society rife with new and specific fears and insecurities.

The exhibition Salon der Angst explores the artistic confrontation with the fears of our time across a broad affective and socio-political spectrum. Fear is here understood as a response to those aspects of the present that we do not know how to dela with it. The artists in this exhibition address these fears in terms of a history of ideas, but also their specific psychological manifestations. The preoccupation with fear and anxiety in art therefore turns out to be an exacting look at the treatment (and production) through the media of a human emotion at once both familiar and elusive. Curators: Nicolaus Schafhausen, Catherine Hug

With: Nel Aerts, Ozlem Altin, Kader Attia, Gerard Byrne, Los Carpinteros, James Ensor, Ieva Epnere, Harun Farocki, Marina Faust, Didier Faustino, Peter Fischili/David Dwiss, Rainer Ganahl, Agnes Geoffray, Thomas Hirschhorn, Iraqi Children's Art Exchange, Cameron Jamie, Jesse Jones, Dorota Jurczak, Ferdinand van Kessel, Bouchra Khalili, Eva Kotatkova, Nicolas Kozakis/Raoul Vaneigem, Alfred Kubin, Erik van Lieshout, Jen Liu, Marko Lulic, Fabian Marti, Florin Mitroi, Marcel Odenbach, Jane Ostermann-Petersen, Francis Picabia, Willem de Rooij, Allan Sekula, Zin Taylor, Noam Toran, Kerry Tribe, Peter Wachtler, Jeff Wall, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing, Tobias Zielony

ICAE murals in UAE Biennale

ReSTART: 3rd Sharjah International Biennial for Children’s Arts 2012

With the evolution and the multiplicity of the forms of visual expression around the world, it is necessary to pay attention to the place of children in these new expressive realms. This awareness is integral to our aim with ReSTART--the 3rd Sharjah International Biennial for Children’s Arts 2012—to be held under the patronage of HH Sheikha Jawahir bent Mohammad Al Qassimi, Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.

The Biennial will feature the intersection of multi-cultural creativity, particularly with a focus on children living between two cultures and two worlds, in order to create diverse bridges, and colorful visuals. The event acknowledges an emerging importance for children with special needs who are also enriching all art forms. In addition to the traditional arts of drawing and colored painting, which we will use as a guide to new vital experiences, it is our intention to open the doorway to modern experiences in order to give all children the opportunity to express and show patterns of new knowledge. Through encounters with new media, non-traditional surfaces, installation, photography, video, and computer graphics, the interaction bridges the gaps between generations. Consequently, the Biennial is also an opportunity for grownups to learn and nurture the mechanisms of expression of the child.

A short video produced during the exhibit is online at

Having the Life of Our Times:
A community response to children, war and the possibilities for peace

Wednesday, June 22 - Friday, June 24

Sunday, June 19

Open Shutters Iraq

7:30 p.m., Pleasant St. Theatre, Northampton

Admission: $8.75 There is a "Father's Day Special", Amherst Cinema/Pleasant St. Theatre members can bring a guest for free
Film by Iraqi film maker Maysoon Pachachi. Discussion after the film with Professor Anne Ciecko, Department of Communication, UMass-Amherst.

The following events all take place at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South Street, Northampton.

All events funded in part by Mass Humanities, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wednesday, June 22, 5:00 p.m.

Having the Life of Our Times

The main exhibit of acrylic-on-canvas murals

Two Artist, Two Cultures, Two Views

Exhibit by Thamir Dawood and Harriet Diamond. Runs June 20 - July 31.

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 p.m.

And Their "Views" Will Be Given Due Consideration

A panel discussion reflecting on the murals, children's art, and Iraqi history and culture

Thursday, June 23, 12:00 noon, West Gallery

Gallery Talk with artists Thamer Dawood and Harriet Diamond

Thursday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.


A staged reading of a play written and produced by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, with talk-back

Friday, June 24, 12:00 noon, West Gallery

Noon time discussion: Iraq and the US, The Possibilities for Reconciliation

Friday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.

An Evening of Dance, Music, Readings and Spoken Word Performance