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To Fear or Not to Fear

Friday, May 25, 6:30 – 8:30


Wafaa Bilal, Iraq and Shawn Lawson, USA
One Chair


"To Fear or Not to Fear” exhibit is bringing together artists from Iraq, Iran, Israel, Northern Ireland, Russia, Bosnia and the USA, the places that are inflicted with violence and crisis. It explores deeper humanity that hopes to dispel notions of clashing civilizations with common ground.

“To Fear or Not to Fear” is a traveling exhibit examining the ways in which the global media perpetuates a feeling of fear that permeates all cultures. Through their artistic processes, the artists also reflect on political and social change vis-à-vis personal history. The artists discard simplistic, media driven cultural notions of good and evil, euphemized as “centuries’ old hatred” or “clash of civilizations”. Instead the artists from eight different countries present different viewpoints on current affairs at home and abroad.

Granite Amit, Israel

Anya Belyat-Giunta, Russia
Mixed Media


Samir Biscevic, Bosnia-Herzegovina
City II 2007



JB Daniel, USA
Ideologies, Cat names, Types of Pasta, 2006
Paper roll caps with imposed language, 20" x 20"


Aylene Fallah, Iran
Merge into nothingness, 2005
Hair, thread 7 ' x 1’- 4


Kemal Hadzic, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Defenders of the City Street



Barbara Koenen, USA
Baby's Breath, 2006
Cotton yarn and deactivated grenade


Conor McGrady, Northern Ireland








To Fear or Not to Fear
L.I.P.A. is presenting
an art exhibit
at The Art Center of Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park IL 60035

Exhibit is curated by
Vesna Rebernak

Opening reception with the artists on Friday, May 25,
6:30 – 8:30

7:30 “War Poetry”
Reading by Warren Leming

Show Opening Photos

Exhibiting artist:
Granite Amit
Anya Belyat-Giunta
Wafaa Bilal
Samir Biscevic
JB Daniel
Aylene Fallah
Kemal Hadzic
Barbara Koenen
Shawn Lawson
Conor McGrady

Exhibit runs from May 26, 2006 to June 25, 2007.

For further information please contact Ann Rosen or Vesna Rebernak at the Art Center of Highland Park

Gallery Hours
Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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