Telfair Museums Generation Exhibition Wins SEMC Silver Award

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Telfair Museums is pleased to announce that Generation: Sawsan AlSaraf, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Sundus Abdul Hadi, an exhibition by two generations of Iraqi-Canadian women artists, was recently awarded the Silver Award for ‘exhibitions under $25,000’ in the Southeastern Museums Conference 2017 Exhibition Competition. The presentation, which explores the complexity of Arab communities that are often simultaneously subjected to stereotyping and underrepresentation, is on view at the Jepson Center through September 10, 2017.
The competition is sponsored by the SEMC Curator’s Committee and recognizes well-designed exhibitions that have educational value and treat objects with care and respect. Telfair Museums previously won the Gold award for its Mickalene Thomas at Giverny show in 2016.
“Generation is an important and timely exhibition in that it is the first presentation of these three artists in the United States. It offers a needed conversation, and public face, to voices of the Arab diaspora, in a time when empathy and understanding are crucial.  This is how narratives start changing and shifting, by supporting these conversations and opening them up to the public.” said Rachel Reese, Telfair’s Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Identifying as diasporic artists, maneuvering through time and space, this exhibition acknowledges and addresses that the complex creation of such movement often times is controlled by political, social and cultural issues beyond an individual’s own power.

The result is an exhibition, explored from three artistic perspectives that mine both personal and geographical territory in order to bridge peoples’ connections with others, focusing on humanity as the unifier.