The McMullen Student Ambassadors are pleased to present Art in Focus, featuring an informal discussion between professors from various academic departments at Boston College. With each new episode, we aim to uncover a unique perspective on the works on display, informed by research and methodologies in areas of study across the University. Each conversation will bring the exhibition’s works “into focus” to highlight art’s expansive reach and interdisciplinary nature.
The following podcast is the first installment in the Art in Focus series, where we explore different themes and artwork from the “Landscape of Memory: Seven Installations from the Barjeel Art Foundation (Sharjah, UAE)” exhibition. For this episode, we have invited Boston College Assitant Professor of International Studies and Political Science Elitsa Molles and her colleague Assistant Professor Maheen Haider of the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Sociology Department to discuss two artworks within the exhibition to offer unique insights into the experiences of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants.
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (Baghdad, Iraq, 1960–), The House My Father Built, 2010 © Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.
Mona Hatoum (Beirut, Lebanon, 1952–), Plotting Table, 1998 ©
Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.