With independence, however, comes chaos. Colonialism left behind a legacy of division that paralyzed the region and the peoples – and opened the door for more recent upheavals, beginning in 1991 with the Persian Gulf War through the current wars with Afghanistan and Iraq. And what had been a regional ticking time bomb has very recently exploded, in gory detail, with the arrival of the Islamic State.
“Nostalgia” is retaliation to such adversity. This exhibit tells the oft forgotten story of the beauty and peace that was once commonplace in the region. It offers a glimpse of a millennia-old Middle Eastern culture, rich in diversity of ideas. And it showcases the power of visual art to communicate…and change lives.
“Nostalgia” opens the door to the idea of hope and peace in the Middle East – and the overwhelming need for human dignity and civility to claim their rightful place there.
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