Summer 2021 Exhibitions at VisArts

By Editorial Team on June 21, 2021
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VisArts is thrilled to present three new exhibitions on display through August 8. Mojdeh Rezaeipour’s formations of a diasporic body is in the Gibbs Street Gallery, Lynn Cazabon’s Losing Winter is in the Common Ground Gallery, and NextGen 8.0 may be viewed on the VisArts website.

The artists will discuss their work at a virtual reception on Friday, July 9, 5:00-7:00 PM.

Mojdeh Rezaeipour: formations of a diasporic body
Gibbs Street Gallery
June 9-August 8
<<formations of a diasporic body>> is a laboratory and playground for a collectively imagined pilgrimage across time and space. Through burned etchings onto wood, analog collage, stop motion and projections, words, sounds, movement and performance, we return, as a fragmented collective body of shared lineage, to sacred sites of our ancestral past: abandoned fortresses, remnants of ancient towns, Zoroastrian fire temples housing sacred fires that have been burning for thousands of years. Here in this space, we engage in an embodied and decolonial archeological process, unearthing pieces of ourselves, of each other, of lost connections to homeland and belonging.

This exhibition is a continuation of Mojdeh’s 2018 installation Fractal Futures and closely connected to her recent Wherewithal Research project, Mapping Fragments. It also includes offerings of movement, performance, video, and sound by beloved friends and collaborators Natalie Amini, Kamyar Arsani, Rex Delafkaran, Bita Ghavami, Nasrin Navab, and Anita Poushan. Throughout the duration of this shared experiment, the installation will constantly evolve as Mojdeh invites each participant to be with and activate the space in their own way. She will document these ongoing transformations and layer new visual and audible elements into each screen toward the cumulative screening later this summer.

About the Artist
Mojdeh Rezaeipour was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was twelve. She is a graduate of University of California Berkeley, where she studied architecture, and of Alt*Div, an alternative divinity school centering the intersection of healing justice and art as spiritual practice. Her work across various disciplines has led her to plant roots in the Bay Area, New York City, Los Angeles, Rome, Tokyo, and Berlin.

Rezaeipour’s solo and collaborative exhibitions include Soul Soil (2016), Belonging (2017), on matters of resilience (2018), Fractal Futures (2018), Learning; Unlearning (2019), Memories; Dreams; Reclamations (2019), and a pomegranate, a rose (2020). Her work has been featured in Image Journal, So To Speak, DIRT, BmoreArt, The Washington Post, and NPR, and is also privately and publicly collected worldwide. She has received multiple awards and fellowships, including The Studio Visit Fellowship at Takt Berlin (2018), The Trawick Prize, Second Place (2019), Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship Grant (2020), The Nicholson Project Artist in Residence (2020), and VisArts Studio Fellowship (2020-2021).

In 2010, Rezaeipour and her father co-founded Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, Va., a restaurant, arts space, music venue, and haven of community for creatives, where she served as Program Director until 2019. Since 2011, she has been a storyteller, story coach, and producer with The Moth and other storytelling communities in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Alongside a full-time studio practice, Rezaeipour leads independent workshops on art, storytelling, and divination.

Learn more at www.mojdeh.art.

Courtesy of VisArts.

Lynn Cazabon: Losing Winter
Common Ground Gallery
June 1–August 8
Lynn Cazabon’s exhibition, Losing Winter, is on view through August 8 in our Common Ground Gallery.

Losing Winter is a participatory artwork and archive of memories about winter, providing a window into personal loss in the face of climate change. At the heart of the project are video recordings of participants’ memories of a winter in their past.
Cazabon collected and recorded memories of past winters from Montgomery County residents ages 50+. The recordings served as inspiration for children participating in VisArts’ Inside Art fused glass and fabric collage workshops. The children’s pieces are displayed alongside the recordings in the exhibition.

About the Artist
Lynn Cazabon is based in Baltimore, Md., where she is a professor of art at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received B.A. and B.F.A. degrees from the University of Michigan and earned an M.F.A. degree in photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Cazabon’s art has been exhibited internationally at museums and galleries, and in solo and group exhibitions at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Bucharest, Romania), Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center (Tainan, Taiwan), South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, Ind.), WRO Art Center (Wrocław, Poland), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth, New Zealand), The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Artists Space (New York, N.Y.), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, N.Y.), Schroeder Romero Gallery (New York, N.Y.), Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta, Ga.), and the Art in Embassies Program. She has received grants and fellowships from the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund, Puffin Foundation, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, Fulbright Scholar Program, Trawick Foundation, Franklin Furnace Archives, The Camargo Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.

Learn more at www.lynncazabon.com.

Sydney Walsh, Holding On To You, 2020

NextGen 8.0
Virtual Exhibition
June 4-August 8
VisArts’ annual NextGen exhibition offers young artists from Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, who have little or no exhibition experience, the opportunity to have their work presented by a professional gallery. The exhibition is planned and realized by dedicated interns who are mentored by VisArts’ gallery department staff members. This year’s exhibition, NextGen 8.0, may be viewed on VisArts’ website.

“In its eighth iteration, the NextGen exhibition continues to impress and inspire. A rising generation is making powerful, thoughtful, and excellent art,” says Susan Main, VisArts Curatorial and Gallery Program Consultant. “Behind every aspect of this exhibition is a passionate team of interns committed to bringing the work of promising artists to the community.”

Jurors: Fabiola R. Delgado, Nehemiah Dixon III, Kenya Miles.

Artists: Sophie Cabrera, Annika Cheng, Maggie Delaney, Alec Figura, Daniel Merkowitz, Regina Orradottir, Miguel Resendiz, Charlotte Richardson-Deppe, Saloni Shah, Danielle Towers, Savannah Imani Wade, Sydney Walsh, Yiting Zhou, Qinnan Zhu.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: noon – 4pm

VisArts’ galleries are now open to the public without an appointment (masks required).

VisArts is three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Maryland. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301.315.8200.