Art Jameel and The Crossway Foundation present Journey to the USA 2016

BY Tanika D'souza / Dec 20 2016 / 22:27 PM

The latest addition to a series of collaborative initiatives present Middle Eastern visual artists on a creative journey across the Southwest USA

Art Jameel and The Crossway Foundation present Journey to the USA 2016
The group of artists selected by the Crossway Foundation and Art Jameel. Photography courtesy of The Crossway Foundation

With the aspiration of giving young artists from the Middle East an opportunity to work and travel across international borders, The Crossway Foundation and Art Jameel selected 10 participants from over 100 Crossway Foundation alumni to travel from Texas to New Mexico with the hope of exposing the young artists to the rich culture of the region.

Participants include, Ahaad Alamoudi, Najd Altaher, Mohammed Al Kindi, Nasser Alzayani, Majid Angawi Rawan Alhusaini, Basmah Felemban, Tyma Hezam, Tulip Hazbar, Marouan Omara, and Alizeb Raees. Travelling late October of this year, the group collaborated with local artists and social organizations in Texas and New Mexico.

Starting with a visit to Marfa, a desert city in far West Texas that became an art hub when minimalist artist Donald Judd moved there in the 1970s, the group then went on to do an intensive two-day workshop focusing on border issues with local students at the University of Texas at El Paso. After which they had the opportunity to experience life on a working ranch in Magdalena, New Mexico before ending their trip with an immersive stay at Walter de Maria’s iconic land artwork, The Lightning Field, in Catron County, New Mexico.

Imogen Ware, Managing Director of the Crossway Foundation suggests, “Artists thrive when introduced to new places and experiences. There’s nothing quite like the power of crossing borders – real and imagined – to help identify the commonalities and differences across cultures and stimulate their thinking and creativity.”

To follow the journey of the talented artists, follow the hashtag #JOURNEYTOTHEUSA2016