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Space 204 exhibition addresses “branding conflict”

Posted by on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 in News and Events.

Space 204 has taken on a year long curated program focusing on themes of the Middle East throughout the 2022 calendar year. Curated by current exhibitions committee members Raheleh Filsoofi (committee chair), Jonathan Rattner, and Qais Assali, Space 204 has exhibited work and collaborated with other programs, organizations and artists (both local and international) addressing contemporary art, performance, and design from the lens of the Middle East culminating in the Vanderbilt, Arts, and the Middle East: Building Bridges to the Global and the Local program.

As the final component, Space 204 will open Branding Conflict – a group exhibition featuring 21 artists and designers – on November 10, 2022, with a reception at 3:00 PM in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center.

Exhibition curator, Qais Assali’s, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Design in the Department of Art, exhibition statement describes Branding Conflict as “refuting imposed roles oppression and victimhood for an un/brandable identity. This disjointed brand exhibition is armed with graffiti, posters, inflight magazines, lookbooks, way finding signage, and tattoos. The exhibition-design for a design exhibition functions, in poetic or interpretive terms, as a fragmented brand image, a failed group identity for a region, “The Middle East.”

Artworks, products, and library by the following artists, designers, and collectives:

Wael Abu Yabis, Lama Al Takruri, Amanda Assaley, Qais Assali, Layan Attari, Dana Awartani, Tracy Chahwan, Broomberg & Chanarin, Trashy Clothing, Milan Davis, Disarming Design, Samuel Georgy, Shaima Hamad, Aisha Mershani, Rabih Mroué, Saher Nassar, Fehras Publishing Practices, Michael Rakowitz, Larissa Sansour, Amer Shomali, Or Zubalsky.


Exhibition Details:
Branding Conflict
November 10 – December 8, 2022
Reception: November 10, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Space 204
E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center
1204 25th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240

For more information please email the Vanderbilt University Department of Art at

All Space 204 exhibitions are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise on promotional materials.