Nasrin Navab and Epicure Café Present Artists & Poets: Freedom of Expression-Freedom of the Press

By Editorial Team on March 13, 2018
Syrian Migration Series #4 (2018) by Helen Zughaib, Courtesy of Artist.
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Artist Reception and Poetry Reading: Saturday, March 17 from 4pm to 7pm
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Instigated by Helen Frederick, the DC art community came together two years ago in solidarity with people of Iraq and the Middle East as we supported the “Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here!” Project.

Al-Mutanabbi Street is Baghdad’s bookselling street that has created space for books for hundreds of years. In 2007, the street was destroyed in a car bombing. Although no one took responsibility, it felt like a direct attack upon this freedom of thought, this essential humanism. In response, San Francisco bookseller and poet Beau Beausoleil launched the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here!”, a project that stands with the people of Iraq and speaks for freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

This Spring, come together as a community, in an intergenerational and cross-cultural continuation of AMSSH project in the form of an art and poetry exhibition. Join them as they share their stories, their vision, their fears and their hopes for the world and generations to come.

Participant artists and poets:

  • Lina Alattar
  • Danielle Badra
  • Sarah Browning
  • Nikki Brugnoli Whipkey
  • Spencer Dormitzer
  • Cheryl Edwards
  • Zein El-Amine
  • Safia Elhillo
  • Susan E. Tichy
  • Sharon Fishel
  • Helen Frederick
  • Mary Higgins
  • Jennifer Lillis
  • Holly Mason
  • Nahid Navab
  • Nasrin Navab
  • Mojdeh Rezaeipour
  • Nancy Sausser
  • Casey Smith
  • Josh Whipkey
  • Helen Zughaib

Epicure Café, located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA, is open 7 days a week from 5 – midnight.