Artist and Faculty Exhibition: 'Portraits of Desire & Denial'

Monday, April 22, 2013

Artist and USD faculty member John Halaka will speak at the Al-Awda Center for a talk about his current project, Portraits of Desire & Denial. Halaka will discuss aspects of the oral history/drawing/documentary film/photographic project, and show new photographs as well as video clips from interviews conducted with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Palestine.

Portraits of Desire & Denial by John Halaka
Saturday April 27, 6 p.m.
Al-Awda Center, 2720 Loker Avenue West Suite J, Carlsbad CA 92010

"Palestinian refugees have become the forgotten survivors of the world. Their experiences in exile have been deliberately ignored and their voices repeatedly silenced over the course of a forced and ongoing odyssey that started over 65 years ago. The majority of the refugees exist, unseen and unheard, in the margins of marginalized communities."

John Halaka is a visual artist, documentary film maker and professor of Visual Arts at the University of San Diego. He will discuss his project "Portraits of Desire & Denial," a multidisciplinary art project that attempts "to make images of the refugees indelible, and their personal experiences in exile unforgettable." He will show clips from interviews he conducted with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

This event is free and open to all. The center is wheelchair accessible.

Please find below directions to the Al-Awda Center in Carlsbad:

Al-Awda's Center is located at 2720 Loker Avenue West Suite J, Carlsbad, CA 92010. From I-5, exit Palomar Airport Road and head East - make a left on Loker Avenue West (first left after you cross El Camino Real) and left into Carlsbad Crossroads business center (look for the large Carlsbad Crossroads sign and Palestinian Flag). End 2720 Loker Avenue West Suite J.

From I-15, exit I-78 West. From I-78 exit San Marcos Blvd and head West. San Marcos Blvd becomes Palomar Airport Road when you enter Carlsbad. Loker Avenue West will be on your right, past the Melrose Drive and El Fuerte intersections. Other directions as above.

From El Camino Real, go East on Palomar Airport Road and make a (first) left on Loker Avenue West. Other directions as above.

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