Many Years Later is a visual project composed of two intertwined events captured by photographer Marcos Arriaga. The first project is a series of black and white photographs taken between 1986 and 1987 in Peru. These photographs document a social and political record of protests by union workers and popular organizations. The second part of the exhibit is made up of a video installation chronicling the Days of Action by union and community members in Ontario against the conservative government of Mike Harris from 1995 to 1996. While recently reviewing this video footage, Arriaga observed a compelling thematic continuation to the images that he captured in Lima more than two decades ago.
WARCHESTRA is a multimedia series about war and culture, of visual and sonic components. Initiated as a painting series aimed to combat the stereotypical image of Arabs in the western media, the project has evolved into an act of empowerment through culture, highlighting the cultural heritage of the Arab peoples. Sundus Abdul Hadi's position as a cultural producer of Iraqi origin has informed the work's desire to highlight culture amongst the backdrop of war. The project is augmented by musicians and spoken word artists that provide a soundscape to Abdul Hadi's collaged paintings.
This presentation is part of the Mayworks Festival.