EWI graduate, Nadia Janua’s first solo exhibit!

14 Mar

Nadia Janjua

She Comes With A Past: The Art of Healing

March 17 – April 28, 2012

Opening Reception at Bloombars in DC on Saturday, March 17th, 6-8PM

Nadia Janjua, She Made Rainbows Detail, 2012, Oil & Mixed Media on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

Washington, D.C. — Nadia Janjua’s first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C., She Comes With A Past: The Art of Healing, will be on view at Bloombars location at 3222 11th St NW from March 17 through April 28, 2012. The opening reception and short Artist’s Talk will be from 6-8PM on March 17th, followed by a Transforming Trauma Workshop led by pro bono attorney and yoga instructor, Bela Shah, on April 1st from 4 – 7pm at Bloombars.

She Comes With A Past: The Art of Healing is a continuation of Healing & Empowerment: Violence, Women & Art, an exhibit Nadia curated as Coordinator of Muslim Women in the Arts in 2011, featuring the art work of 15 local Muslim women artists. This new series of recent oil and mixed media paintings on canvas explore and empathize with the experience of surviving childhood sexual abuse — reflecting trauma, healing and transformation through abstraction and color. Nadia’s paintings, and the process to create them, embody deep narrative and layering; each mark on the canvas is an indication of the artist’s past and present. Through traces of writings and textures in the sub-layers, strata upon strata of content gets buried beneath successive layers, but never deep enough to disappear. While on the surface you see bright colors and bold words, there is an intertwining and intersecting with the past sub-layers, creating a new expression of empowerment.

Born in Western MD in 1979, Nadia Janjua lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area as an Architect, and Artist. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from George Washington University (DC), and her Master of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ). Her work has been shown in a number of venues and private spaces in the US, as well as international conferences in Canada, and Malaysia.

** All art work to be exhibited will be family-friendly; there is nothing explicit in content. Children are welcome and encouraged to experience and react to the work.

For more information, please email nadiaj@njartitecture.com, or visit Bloombars at www.facebook.com/bloombars.

Nadia Janjua| NJARTitecture | www.njartitecture.com  | nadiaj@njartitecture.com

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