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Contemporary Asian Art in the Diaspora

Hosted By: The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

The class will explore the work and influences of artists who were born and raised in Asia but now live in the West. Their inspiration is often drawn from ancient, traditional cultures, yet they are creating contemporary art—here and now. Learn how they make these links between old and new and how they live the transition through the act of immigration. Students will explore this multicultural mosaic and, via hands-on experience, create their own place in it. They will also learn about the art of Indian miniature paintings and how artists use this in their contemporary artwork. The technique of miniature painting will be discussed and shown.

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Teacher

Siona Benjamin

Siona Benjamin belongs to the Bene Israel community of India. She grew up in a city that was predominantly Hindu and Muslim, and to a lesser extent, Catholic and Zoroastrian. She has two Masters of Fine Arts, one in painting and one in theater set design. Furthermore, she has exhibited in the US, Canada, Europe, India, and Asia. In 2010 she received a Fulbright Fellowship for an art project entitled ‘Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives’. She was later awarded a second Fulbright Fellowship in 2016 for a project entitled ‘Motherland to Fatherland: Indian Transcultural Jews in Israel’. The documentary “Blue Like Me” follows her journey as she conducted research for this project. Her unique perspective as a Jewish woman raised in India is a central theme to her artworks.
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The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University connects the academic world and Northeast Ohio's wider community through innovative and engaging programming. Adults of all ages pursue their love of learning by participating in courses and lectures with internationally renowned scholars and local experts who share their cutting-edge research and current topics of interest.
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