Event - Executive (Dis)Order: Art, Displacement & the Ban

Executive (Dis)Order: Art, Displacement & the Ban

12.15.18, 3:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate the opening of AFI’s new exhibition, Executive (Dis)Order: Art, Displacement & the Ban on Saturday, December 15th, 3 – 6pm.

* please note that after 4:30pm only the museum’s west entrance (Grand Central Parkway side) will be open!

Meet the participating artists, and enjoy a rare musical performance by Iraqi-American musician and composer Amir ElSaffar with legendary Baghdad-based Hamid Al-Saadi,the foremost living performer of the extraordinary Iraqi Maqam.

Join Artistic Freedom Initiative, their partners, supporters, and friends, as they celebrate all they have accomplished this year, and toast to everything on the horizon in 2019!

Executive (Dis)Order: Art, Displacement, & the Ban is a group exhibition organized by Artistic Freedom Initiative for the Community Partnership Exhibition Program. The exhibition brings together artists responding to the complex circumstances catalyzed by restricting physical and intellectual mobility. The exhibition highlights works by AFI-supported artists who have been affected by the travel ban, or Executive Order 13780, alongside artists whose works reflect struggles and experiences of drift and restraint in the face of socio-political instability. Executive (Dis)Order questions the definition of ‘artists impacted by the travel ban’ and approaches the issue broadly with works that balance personal and public struggle. Through their works, these artists find the common threads between being restrained from movement and forced into displacement.


Artistic Freedom Initiative, a program of the SDK Foundation for Human Dignity, is a non-profit organization led by immigration and human rights attorneys, providing pro bono immigration representation and resettlement assistance to international artists at risk. In addition to these services, AFI partners with arts and culture organizations, museums, galleries, and performance spaces to create opportunities and platforms for our artists to exhibit or showcase their work. The exhibition is organized by independent curator Osman Can Yerebakan.


Participating artists are Rashwan Abdelbaki, Ali Chitsaz, Reem Gibriel, Nadia Gohar, Ibi Ibrahim, Ifrah Mansour, Esperanza Mayobre, Remijon Pronja, Nooshin Rostami, Asiya Al-Sharabi, and Sufyvn.