Contemporary Miniatures

Last Lion of Aleppo, 2017 handmade egg tempera on panel, 18 x 13 cm

Migrant Shipwreck, 2015 handmade egg tempera, 15 x 10 cm

Libya Dawn Militants Play in the US Embassy Pool, 2015 handmade egg tempera, 18 x 10.5 cm

Sleepers of Gezi, 2015 handmade egg tempera, 18 x 10.5 cm

Posted on: September 18, 2017
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Description

Following the onset of the 'Arab Spring,' I began a series of contemporary miniature paintings and large installations chronicling the events unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa region and their representation in Western media. Over the last years, I have followed this project to live in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Italy, bringing to my work a research background in Timurid, Safavid and Ottoman miniature painting in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum Department of Islamic Arts archives in New York, the Topkapi Palace Library in Istanbul, the University of Istanbul Nadir Eserler Library and the Museum of Art at Bowdoin College?s Islamic Manuscript Collection.




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Alina Gallo

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MFA Alumni

Major: Sculpture

Graduation Year: 2008


Artist Statement:

I began a series of contemporary miniature paintings and large installations chronicling the events unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa region and their representation in Western media in 2012 following the onset of the 'Arab Spring.'

Our digital landscape puts us in contact with a sea of fragmented and stratified documentations that come forth on social media platforms filtered by chance as well as by multiple, calculated and unknowable internal dialectics and interests.

My work samples and combines imagery and information from this multitude of raw-footage, photographs and documentary snippets, as well as from traditional media outlets, reflecting both a fragmented understanding of these accounts and the conscious and unconscious attempts to recompose a potential reality.

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