Trickhouse Live: An Integrative Arts and Performance Series
w/Sama Alshaibi, Marvin Gladney, and Pedro Sorto
Tuesday, January 24
$5 Suggested Donation
Trickhouse Live is co-organized by TC Tolbert, Assistant Director of Casa Libre; and Noah Saterstrom, founder/curator of Trickhouse.org; and Laynie Browne from the UA Poetry Center.
in·te·gra·tive adj \ˈ in-tə- ˌ grā-tiv\
combining and coordinating diverse elements into a whole
Trickhouse Live is an integrative arts series that brings together people working with words, images, sounds, videos, and a variety of performances. The series serves as a venue for visiting artists to interact with local artists and for the borders between genres and mediums to be permeable. Trickhouse Live is a physical world extension of the online cross-genre arts journal, Trickhouse.org which is based in Tucson.
Sama Alshaibi is an artist born in Basra, Iraq to an Iraqi father and Palestinian mother and now a naturalized US citizen. Alshaibi's works in photography, video art and sculpture to evoke the language of suffering, displacement and loss. Her auto-ethnographic approach is informed by her own history of living in war and the double negation to her familial homelands. Alshaibi is interested in the spectrum of control and domination, whether its the body’s relationship to land and national identity, or the experience between humans competiting for resources and power. Her work is rooted in the anxieties of the human experience.
Alshaibi’s work has been exhibited at arts institutions and galleries in over twenty countries, including Impressions Gallery (UK), Exit Art (NYC), Mole Vanvitelliana (Italy), Darat Al-Funun (Jordan), The Bronx Museum (NYC) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver). She is represented by Selma Feriani Gallery (London) and Lawrie-Shabibi Gallery (Dubai). In addition to exhibitions, her 25 time-based works (video art/films) have screened in numerous film festivals internationally including the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece, CinemaEast Film Festival (NYC), DOKUFEST (Kosovo) and Les Instants Video festival (France). Her art has been curated into prominent international art fairs including Paris Photo (France), ArtDubai (U.A.E), Reel Festival Iraq (Scotland) and Pingyao International Photography Festival (China). Sama Alshaibi received her MFA from the University of Colorado in Photography/Video and Media Arts in 2005. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography/Video Art at University of Arizona.
Marvin Gladney is a Chicago born poet now residing in Tucson, Arizona where he teaches at the Abbey Loveland Tuller school and the University of Arizona. A published essayist and poet, Gladney has also produced several hip-hop records under the name G(Riot). A graduate of Chicago State University and the University of Denver, Gladney is currently at work on The Sampler’s Attic, a book of poems.
Pedro Sorto was born in Santa Tecla, El Salvador. Pedro has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Dr. Matías Delgado. At university, he developed an interest in Illustration, especially in Children’s Illustration. After his university studies, he worked in advertising agencies for 9 years. In that time, he realized the importance Arts and Design (and Visual Culture in general) have on his culture, but also, his country’s need to learn more about them in order to increase its trust on these fields as important tools for progress and development. Thanks to this and a wonderful experience as a French Teacher in a small school in his country, he decided to become an Art teacher and try to make new generations aware of the importance of Art and design in our lives. Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, he is pursuing a Master's Degree in Art Education at the University of Arizona. As an Art teacher, and aware of the power of art as self-expression, he is trying to help students find, know, and respect themselves and others, be aware of our identities as individuals and societies, and instead of imposing his ideologies, help them create their own. Pedro is trying to find his style and change his personality as illustrator and artist through the exploration of as many artistic ways as possible.