Iraqi artist who resettled in Idaho explores ideas of fleeing home in areas of conflict
The work of artist Luma Jasim, who came to Idaho through refugee resettlement, is on display at Boise State University through Oct. 3.
Find features on Luma in the Idaho Statesman and the Boise Weekly.
Catch Luma's performance at Treefort:
Luma, born in Iraq, has lived through three wars, an economic blockade and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. She relocated to Istanbul in 2006 and to Boise two years later. She earned an art degree from Boise State University in 2013 and now displays her work internationally.
Luma's exhibit, Long Term Vision, explores the continuous scenario of refugees in places of conflict where higher powers play a role in keeping the conflict going.
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MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
Luma is based in Boise and Brooklyn, New York. Since immigrating to the United States, her art has dealt with war, violence, and her immigration and acculturation experience.
Luma's work explores the relationship between violence, politics, gender and emotional memory. In her artwork, she uses the personal to address the political. She often reconstructs her memories, traumas and thoughts on displacement, belonging, and strangeness in various mediums, including mixed media painting, performance, video and animation.
In 2013, she received her second BFA in Visual Arts from Boise State University and in 2017, she accomplished an MFA in Fine Arts with full scholarship from Parsons School of Design at the The New School, New York City.
Luma has completed many artist residencies and fellowships, including at Surel's Place Residency in Boise in 2018. Most recently, she received the Juror merit award for the 2020 Idaho Triennial, Boise Art Museum. Luma's work has been shown nationally and internationally.
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Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager
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