‘Concerned, but Powerless’ at Vision Gallery

Jan. 2, 2018

(silent screams) by Safwat Saleem

'Concerned, but Powerless' at Vision Gallery
Exhibition features the art work of Safwat Saleem

A new exhibit opening Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Vision Gallery in Downtown Chandler presents a satirical response to the national political and cultural climate by artist Safwat Saleem.

"Safwat Saleem: Concerned, but Powerless," uses repurposed vintage imagery, a clean design aesthetic, and the artist's trademark wit to create a series of brief, uncomfortable, nervous soliloquies that give voice to our inner struggles.

"When you first look at Safwat's work, it seems nostalgic because of the vintage images," says Peter Bugg, visual arts coordinator at the Vision Gallery. "But after reading the captions, you realize they are not as innocent as they originally appear. They are clever responses to the current state of affairs."

The public is invited to a free reception with the artist from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., in the Chandler City Hall complex. The exhibit will be at the gallery through March 2, 2018.

Vision Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit visiongallery.org for more information.