Retrospective, Yemen 1986-1993
September 16 – 26, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, September 19, 5-8 pm
Haley-Henman at Gallery 422
422 Singleton Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75212
DALLAS, Texas (August 1, 2015)–Haley-Henman, with great honor, presents Gisa Elwazir’s Retrospective, Yemen 1986-1993. These works are very poignant regarding the current war in Yemen. They were last exhibited at Galerie Rösch in Neubrunn, Germany in 1992.
As an artist married to a Yemeni diplomat, she travelled the world. Their home was in Sana’a, Yemen from 1972 until 1994, but during the years 1987-1994, she lived there working full-time as an artist and teaching art at Sana’a International School (SIS). She exhibited these works made in Yemen at Gallery No. 1 For Modern Yemen and Arab Art in 1989 and 1990 in Sana’a, Yemen, and at Galerie Rösch in 1992. A good number of paintings were sold at these exhibitions and the remainder travelled to Gallery Sonja Roesch , a reductive and concept based fine art gallery in Houston. Fortunately, they arrived in wonderful curatorial condition in March 2015 in time for this retrospective at Haley-Henman at Gallery 422.
Reiner Jünger, reviewing the German exhibition of these works in Main-Post Würzburg, February 7, 1992 said:
“Gisa Elwazir lifts the veil of traditions and opens the door to the oriental harem, just a bit, thus allowing the visitor, at first glance, to experience the exotic of “one thousand and one night”. A second glance reveals the collision between Orient and Occident, and reminds us of the famed book, Not Without My Daughter [Betty Mahmoody, 1982], spelling out the patriarchal world of dependency and isolation for many women in the Islamic world. Through her Arab experience and European sensitivity, she simultaneously creates different layers of experience contributing to an understanding of cultures.”
Trinity Groves neighborhood of Dallas.