Art Initiative Explores The Imagined Space Where Islam Meets L.A.

August 27, 2014 1:02 PM

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Art Initiative Explores The Imagined Space Where Islam Meets L.A.

How does the Western hemisphere view the Islamic world? Some of our knowledge is informed by headlines and news reports, some by blockbuster movies. Some is surmised from the artwork that materializes from the region, and later dominates the international art market. Many of these sources, however, present a warped view of the realm, tainted by distance and difference.

Los Angeles/Islam Arts Initiative offers an alternative approach to understanding (or at least beginning to see) the so-called Islamic world, using art as a vessel. The first of its kind, LA/IA will bring together 30 cultural institutions from around L.A., focusing on both contemporary and tradition...

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