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:

 DiatribesAn intermedia exploration of political, existential, and personal dilemmas demonstrated through individual human gesture and motion

September 23-December 10, 2014

Opening reception: 
Thursday, October 9, 5-7 p.m.
Joseph Farbrook Gallery Talk at 5:30 p.m.
Art Gallery, Gorham campus
Free and open to the public.

Opposing Gestures is a dual site exhibition that portrays Alshaibi and Farbrook’s shared view that politics are a macrocosm of individual motion and that the expression of one person can be symbolic of society.

While political components ebb and flow throughout the theme of the exhibition, it also takes on broader subjects and existential questions, all depicted through individual human expression, and often integrating the viewer into the experience.

The USM Art Gallery, Gorham campus, features a sampling of the two artists’ recent works, including time-based sculptures, photography, rotoscoped animations, and interactive video projections.

The USM AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland campus, features interactive video artwork and video assemblage.

Sama Alshaibi

Sama Alshaibi is an Associate Professor of Photography and Video Art at the University of Arizona, Tucson and exhibits internationally. Alshaibi’s work includes performance, photography, video, multi-media, installations, and sculpture. She focuses primarily on the cyclic nature of conflict, war and exile, and the body’s relationship to power. The dynamics of human competition for resources, land, and control are performed through her own body at actual sites of discord.


Joseph Farbrook

Joseph Farbrook is an Associate Professor of Interactive Media and Game Development at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, and exhibits internationally. Farbrook’s work includes video, sculpture, virtual art installations, digital imagery, Internet/transmission-based work, and the use of video-game technology as a medium for fine art. 


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. 

View the exhibition poster 

Click here to read more about Opposing Gestures


Learn more about the artists:

Joseph Farbrook 
Sama Alshaibi