About the exhibition
"Having looked through the amazing works in the NIAD web store, I started to feel like an archaeologist excavating treasures. It brought to mind Queen Puabi's Royal Tomb, a discovery that yielded incredible finds from the ancient Sumerian city of Ur. I thought it would be fun to present works that have the appearance of having been dug up from an ancient tomb, a queen's tomb! Behold her magnificent grave goods!"
About the selector
Maryam Yousif is a San Francisco based artist working in ceramics, painting and installation. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. Originally from Iraq, she moved to Canada as a teen and the United Stated as an adult. Her work has been a means of processing diasporic shifts of cultural aesthetics inspired by western kitsch and Middle Eastern mythology particular to Mesopotamia. She has exhibited at R/SF Projects (San Francisco, CA), Brilliant Champions Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), CTRL SHFT collective (Oakland, CA) and Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, CA). You can see her work at www.maryamyousif.com.