SOMArts Explores Peace through Visual Art
|Photo courtesy of SOMArts|
|Ascension by Ala Ebtekar|
|Photo courtsey of SOMArts|
|"Speak Your Peace" also had a public art component: two billboards on display at the corner of Fourth and Brannan Streets featuring work by local artists.|
Rather than avoiding the issues they ask us instead to look clearly at what is going on in our community and world and consider new dialogues. The opening night features the intensely positive incantations of Brotha Chaz Walker and the Peaceful Vibes alongside Persian artist Nathera Mawla, who empowers women everywhere merely by reciting her poetry.
Street artists CK1 and Shaghayegh Cyrous demonstrate that graffiti is alive and well in Iran by creating work inspired by the theme, while Betty Nobue Kano lays origami cranes in the form of a peace sign over the ripped canvas of one of her paintings. A pair of striking billboards by Ala Ebtekar and Uzi Broshi installed at Fourth St. and Brannan purposefully take the art out of the gallery and onto the streets, hoping to spur more conversation. After all only when we communicate can we create change.
Catch the closing reception for "Speak Your Peace" on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. featuring a walk-through and panel discussion with five exhibiting artists at SOMArts. Admission is free.