Artist in Residence Showcase: Nisrine Boukhari, "A letter between two cities, Damascus – Winnipeg"

  • Sunday, April 26, 2015
  • MAWA, 611 Main Street

You are invited to the premiere screening of Nisrine Boukhari’s new video work, A letter between two cities, Damascus – Winnipeg, which she created during her artist residency at MAWA this April.

“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back” Louis Riel.

During her residency, Nisrine Boukhari has continued her ongoing research into cities in conflict, focusing her Winnipeg research on the national hero and founder of Manitoba, Louis Riel. In her project, Boukhari conceptually reincarnates Riel in order to bridge people’s struggle in two different nations (Manitoba/Syria) and different eras. Riel is summoned by the artist’s spirit to defend Damascus, thousands miles far from Winnipeg.

  • Nisrine Boukhari is a mixed media and installation artist based in Vienna. In her work, she uses psychogeography (the laws and specific effects of the geographical environment on the emotions and behaviour of individuals) to explore our relationship to inner and domestic spaces. Principles of colour and light therapy often underline the interactive nature of her installations. She studied sculpture at the University of Damascus and finished her MA in Social Design at the Angewandte Kunst (University of Applied Arts, Vienna). She has participated in residencies in London and New York City, and has exhibited internationally. In 2009 she received an honourable mention award at the Asian Art Biennale (Bangladesh).