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Wesaam Al-Badry, The Other Language

September 17 - October 29

Wesaam Al-Badry, The Other Language

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 17, 2022
3:00 – 5:00pm

Artist in Conversation
4:00pm
with Benjamin L. Jones, Art Scholar

Jenkins Johnson Gallery is pleased to present Wesaam Al-Badry’s solo exhibition The Other Language, considering labor, migration, the environment, and notions of otherness in the United States.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, September 17 from 3-5 pm. During the reception, Al-Badry will be in conversation with Benjamin L. Jones from 4-5 pm at Minnesota Street Project Atrium to talk about the exhibition and his artistic process. This event will be live on the Jenkins Johnson Gallery’s Instagram, (@jenkinsjohnsongallery).

Inspired by a Kahlil Gibran poem with the same title, The Other Language ties together two of Al-Badry’s documentary projects which explore a coal mining town in Appalachia, and migrant workers in the Central Valley. Gibran’s poem presents the idea that every person is born speaking a language that we have to forget in order to be understood by others. In these works, Al-Badry combines methods of investigative journalism and art to ask us to rethink how people deal with tragic circumstances created by corporate avarice. By citing Gibran’s poetry, Al-Badry’s work enters a multidimensional frame, it is at once surface-level and abstract, autobiographical and biographical. As part of his Migrant Workers series, Wesaam Al-Badry has documented the lives of essential agricultural workers and their families in California’s Central Valley and Salinas Valley since April 2020.

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September 17
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October 29
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Jenkins Johnson Gallery
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Jenkins Johnson Gallery
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San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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