Monroe Convention Center
Featuring the work of artists from Monroe County and showcasing a number of nationally recognized local artists in its Permanent Art Collection.
Located in the Rogers Gallery
302 S. College Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47403
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
March 3rd - April 30 2023
OPENING RECEPTION - Friday, April 7
A Nostalgic Journey
Huner Emin - Multi-disciplinary Artist
My works include various media styles, video art, installations, and paintings. The nature of my artwork is storytelling expressed by calligraphy or visual symbols containing various subject matters such as honor killing, genocide, or suppression. I work on research and multi-disciplinary art to spotlight social and political issues, that I call Investigative Art. I reorganize and reform shapes, materials, and data to create art pieces of multiple media styles, video art, installations, and paintings.
I create an art bridge between different art-making philosophies by reflecting on Middle Eastern and Western cultures. I studied western classical art in Iraq, where I learned to create art that resembles Western culture's horizontal perspective and visual aesthetics. Meanwhile, my art practices developed during my MFA study in the United States, where I worked on subject matters that reflect my country of origin's political and social issues. In the West, I sought authenticity in my work and established a system descended from Middle Eastern culture's verticality and poetic nature.
I work predominantly on political subject matters. My ideas develop through planning, reorganizing, and experimenting with various media. In my conceptual pieces, the audience is juxtaposed between installation materials and video art. However, my paintings are combinations of abstract forms and Pahlavi writing characters, which I want to resurrect in order to unify the Kurdish language(s). It is an attempt to bring storytelling to the artwork by incorporating calligraphy, as I believe that narrative gives an extra dimension to the art as well as being a symbol for rediscovering my identity.