ARTogether Center’s Opening Night
December 10th, 6:00pm – 9:00pmFree
Join us for the opening of the ARTogether Center in Downtown Oakland. This is a celebration of ARTogether’s first physical venue, as well as the launch of our exhibition and event series with a solo gallery show of Somaieh Amini’s series “تَعلقِ گُسیخته (Ruptured Belonging).” This event will feature a live singing performance from the artist, poetry, refreshments and more.
This is a celebration of ARTogether’s first physical venue, as well as the launch of our exhibition and event series with a solo gallery show of Somaieh Amini’s series “تَعلقِ گُسیخته (Ruptured Belonging).” This free event will feature a live singing performance from the artist, poetry, refreshments and more.
We envision ARTogether Center as a new, welcoming space for immigrant and refugee artistic communities, and are excited for you to be a part of this journey. Please join us as we celebrate ARTogether’s growth thus far, and dream of our collective futures.
Somaieh Amini is a painter and illustrator based in San Jose, CA. She was born in 1981 in Isfahan, Iran. She received a B.A. in painting at the University of Al-Zahra in Tehran. Between 2001 and 2007, Somaieh worked as a Concept, Background, and Layout Artist with several animation companies, as well as a Matte Painter for several television series and films. In 2009, Somaieh left Iran to pursue an M.A. in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma in Rome, Italy. In 2012 she emigrated from Italy to the USA. These relocations have had an emotional impact on her personal and social life, taking her three years to restart her artistic career again. In 2015, she decided that painting and illustration are what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
About “تَعلقِ گُسیخته (Ruptured Belonging).”
“تَعلقِ گُسیخته (Ruptured Belonging)” is a collection of five oil paintings centering the house as a symbol of family, city, and country. In each piece, the figure displays one of the feelings she should have received from her environment but didn’t.
Twenty years have passed since Somaieh’s first emigration, and she is still searching for a sense of arrival and security. Although Somaieh depicts her own figure in the paintings, this is not just her story. This is the everyday story of humans seeking a place with security and acceptance, so they can feel wanted, loved, respected, and belonging. Without a sense of belonging, we will wander from person to person and from place to place with our unhealed wounds. These paintings evoke the desire for a house, a family, a city, a country, and a world that will end our ruptured belonging.
ARTogether Center abides by the COVID-19 safety regulations set by the city of Oakland. At this time, we are not requiring masks indoors, although masks and COVID-19 tests will be available on site. Participants who experience COVID-19 symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, will not be permitted to attend the workshop.
ARTogether Center is located on the ground level and there are two entrance doors accessible from the sidewalk. There are two accessible bathrooms on the ground level of the building, each with a single stall and an accessible stall. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with your needs.