Gisa Elwazir Retrospective, Yemen 1986-1993 at Haley-Henman

Gisa Elwazir  The City is a Village

Gisa Elwazir The City is a Village


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.

Gisa Elwazir   The Pole of Life

Gisa Elwazir The Pole of Life

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.”

Gisa Elwazir  The City is a Village

Gisa Elwazir The City is a Village

This special exhibition of Gisa Elwazir’s
Retrospective, Yemen 1986-1993 is only for a two-week period.
Please call 214-946-2255 for an appointment to view the exhibition when it might be convenient for you.  Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm.  Haley-Henman at Gallery 422 is located in the
Trinity Groves neighborhood of Dallas.
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