Hosted by WSU Middle Eastern North African+ Employee Assoc (WSU MENA+) & Queer Employee Org (QWSU)

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September 28, 2023
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Kresge Library Quiet Room
Event category: Reception

Closing Reception for Muslims of North America: an exhibition by Nour Ballout

Please join us for the closing reception and an informal gallery tour and conversation with Nour Ballout about their current exhibition Muslims of North America.

Light refreshments will be available.

More about the exhibition:

Muslims of North America runs from September 7 to October 1, 2023 in the Purdy/Kresge Library. Quiet Room located near the auditorium.  The opening reception is Thursday, September 7 from 6 to 8 PM.


The exhibition is hosted by Wayne State University Art Collection & Wayne State University Libraries, with support from Michigan Arts & Culture Council.

Wayne State University Kresge/Purdy Library, 5265 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

About Nour Ballout:

Nour Ballout (b. 1993, Beirut) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. They received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).  Nour’s work as a visual artist and curator is rooted in a social practice exploring structures of naturalization as they manifest within bodies, built environments, and communities. Photographic self-portraiture, collaboration, and space making intersect in the interpretation and dissemination of their experience coming home to their body and the world as a trans-masculine queer immigrant. By reconsidering the right to look; they renegotiate the contract between photographer, sitter and viewer, here the paradoxes of representation, access, and privacy collide.

Nour is the founder of Habibi House, a neighborhood-based community art space and social engagement residency in Detroit, as well as the annual Book + Print Fest at The Arab American National Museum (AANM). They are the recipient of the 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Award, the 2019 Kresge Arts in Detroit Gilda Award, and the 2019 Applebaum Photography Fellowship. Nour has exhibited their work across the United States and participated in several artist residencies including the Ghana Think Tank in Detroit and Flux Factory in New York.

This event will be the final opportunity to see this important exhibition and to meet the artist.  All are welcome!

September 2023