Katherine Toukhy, Bay Ridge
Khayamiya Monument; Public Installation
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Khayamiya (Khayyāmiyah, Arabic) monument is a co-created public tent sculpture and community archive of the herstories of Arab women migrants/immigrants in Bay Ridge and U.S. female veterans. The monument unfolds the story of displacement and war in multiple ways from viewpoints that get little attention in the media and in our national consciousness; allowing a space for critical reflection of militarism through the senses rather than polemics. Personal stories of war and displacement are collected and inscribed in the tent structure; and the public is invited to respond to these quotes from their own experience, growing the piece and the collective narrative, as it gets shown.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Katherine (Create Change Fellow ‘14) is a Brooklyn-based artist working in studio and in community. In 2015 she received Brooklyn Arts Council grants, for the third year, and was nominated for an Art Matters grant. In 2014, she completed a fellowship with The Laundromat Project and a collaboration led by Jeanne Heeswijk at Queens Museum. Awards include: 2014 “Best in Show” by curator of the Drawing Center, Claire Gilman, for “Paperworks Unbound”; and inclusion in Mahnaz Fancy’s top 30 selections for Curate NYC. She has shown at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, FiveMyles Gallery, and other galleries and community spaces.