Gary Uhouse 
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Re: “Jamil Hellu Artist Talk

Jamil,
In the wake of the murderous hate crime against gay people of this past weekend in Orlando Florida, I've been grappling with how humanity could be so pathological.

Through my shock and sadness and anger, and disdain for public policy, Images from your show played over in my head offering me a sort of white flag.

The killer announced he hated seeing two men kiss not long before he purchased assault weapons to execute gay people in their own safe haven.

~We hear people blaming the NRA for promoting sale f assault rifles.
~We hear republican "leaders" offering prayers while they blame Islamic terrorists for the attack, and omitting this as a hate crime against gay people.
~We see an outpouring of support for the victims as fellow Americans AND as a targeted community of gay people.
~And sadly, we also see the ugly posts on social media of those who thank this sick minded individual for extracting gay people from society.

In this turbulent river of histeria, I've found myself thinking about your show where you explore your place in the world as a gay man with Syrian roots. The fact that gays are executed in some middle eastern countries had fueled your desire for a respite from this insanity.
I thought of the somewhat scary silk screen Images on pink leather of you with a turban juxtaposed to the playful and sexy images of men in turbans printed in toille on Victorian furniture. And the pink ray of light simultaneously piercing your vocal chakra in a silent scream of a life-breath beneath the water.

All of these images came to mind for me this weekend in this turbulent river of madness and each time I saw them I felt a reprieve as though I crawled upon a rock, out of the murk and the murder.

It is art like this that brings me to tears.
Because I see that in this crazy violent world, beneath the layers: the religions and laws and weapons and anger and fear and even the garments we hide behind, there is a child inside all of us who just wants to understand who we are.

Bravo. You allowed me to cry today and that doesn't happen very often.

Gary Uhouse

Posted by Gary Uhouse on 06/13/2016 at 11:56 AM

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