Opposing Gestures: An intermedia exploration of political, existential, and personal dilemmas demonstrated through individual human gesture and motion.
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.
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.
USM AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland campus, features interactive video artwork and video assemblage.
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 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.