“Tribe” at the Katzen Museum, and Sueraya Shaheen

by Chris Murray on November 30, 2018

I first met Sueraya Shaheen in May of 1986 at Govinda Gallery. She arrived on matching Vespas with her friend Maqui Lacuna, the Venezuelan beauty and muse to the renowned artist Carlos Sosa. Just a few days before, Shaheen had sat next to Andy Warhol at a dinner party the fabulous Miller sisters were hosting at the Paladium in New York City. While talking with Warhol, she told him she was living in Washington. Andy told her, “go to Govinda Gallery…the kids there are cool.” Little did I know, Shaheen would end up becoming a Govinda Girl (an assistant at the gallery) and having two exhibitions of her own art, smallworld in October of 1998 and Buddha Pop in 2000.

                        Detail from Spring 3 by Camille Zakharia, 2013

In 2015, Sueraya Shaheen co-founded Tribe with publisher Mubarik Jafery, the first fine art magazine to feature contemporary photography from the Arab World. Shaheen has now organized a sensational exhibition of photographs featured in Tribe at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Tomorrow, Shaheen will be giving a tour of the exhibition with photographer Alia Ali. The tour is free and open to the public.

Invitation to Exhibition Tour and Gallery Talk

                    Proof of Presence by Mai Al Moataz, 2016

Habibi Tala by Ibi Ibrahim, 2013

            House of III by Afra Bin Dhaher, 2015

                    Tribe Magazine Cover, Issue 01, 2015


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1 response to ““Tribe” at the Katzen Museum, and Sueraya Shaheen”

  1. Matt Prickett says:

    Will I see you at this event? I’m sorry that I couldn’t get you signed up for the 2019 SBF—how are things going with the Springsteen book? Cheers, Matt

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