USM Art Galleries Gorham and Portland

Opposing Gestures: Joseph Farbrook and Sama Alshaibi

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 12:00 PM to Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 4:00 PM
Art Gallery, Gorham Campus and AREA Gallery, Portland Campus
Contact Name: 
Carolyn Eyler
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5008
Contact Email:

Opposing Gestures Opposing Gestures explores the dilemmas of the political, existential, and personal presented through the lens of human gesture and motion.

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 9 from 5-7 p.m., Art Gallery, Gorham campus
Free and open to the public.

The AREA Gallery on the Portland campus will feature Diatribes, a four-channel video collaboration created by Sama Alshaibi and Joseph Farbrook in graduate school 10 years ago addressing the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The pair will create a new iteration of the piece for this exhibition.

The artists' individual works in the Art Gallery on the Gorham campus include time-based sculptures, photographs, and drawings as well as video projections.

Alshaibi is Associate Professor of Photography/Video Art at the University of Arizona, Tucson and Farbrook is Associate Professor of Interactive Media and Game Development at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Both artists have exhibited nationally and internationally.

Complementary Programming:

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Joseph FarbrookCan digital art have the same emotional impact and historical significance as masterworks in painting, drawing and sculpture? 
Friday, October 10 from 12-1 p.m
Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews Hall, Gorham campus
Free and open to the public. 

Learn more about the artists:

Joseph Farbrook 

Sama Alshaibi

Above image: Noor (video still), Sama Alshaibi