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Awaiting the Vertical
Exhibition Dates: March 8-May 31
Reception: April 24, 6-8:30 p.m.
Dr. Halide Salam continues a 40-year focus on the intersections between the biological, the ecological, and the spiritual in art, leading her into an increasingly deeper understanding for her own position within her practice.
This exhibition includes recent paintings from Salam’s new series of paintings (TransPlace, TransLight, and TransMigration), within which she explores her own personal growth as a Muslim immigrant in modern America. A central focus for Salam is a poem by the 13-century Sufi poet Rumi:
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
What should I fear?
When was I less by dying?
Dr. Halide Salam was born in West Bengal, India, but spent much of her early life in East Pakistan. She began her studies in Chattogram, Bangladesh, but migrated to the United States in 1971 at the insistence of her parents. She received her MA in Painting from New Mexico Highlands University and continued on to earn her Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University. She later studied Sacred Geometry and Sacred Art Traditions at the Royal College of Art, London. In 2020, Salam retired as a Professor of Art from Radford University after 40 years of teaching. She lives and works in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Pictured above: "TransPlace 12" by Halide Salam.
About the CoA+A Gallery System: The mission of the College of Arts + Architecture gallery system is to create lively forums in which the curious encounter the work of global, regional, and local artists through diverse media and dynamic exchanges that are nourished by the intellectual and creative life of the university. Our programming will echo crossovers of the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, and dance inherent to the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte. We seek to provide a haven for experimentation, to invigorate the environments we occupy, and to amplify the means to engage art and design in our community.
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