Fall/Winter Gallery Pop-Up Series

Image: Unclaimed Duaas by Zeinab Saab — Elemental

Sept. 7, 2019 – Feb. 9, 2020
Main Floor Gallery

Sept. 7-29, 2019


Group art exhibition curated by Cyrah Dardas of Creative Relation for Detroit Month of Design. Creative Relation is a network of Detroit-based creatives of color building meaningful relationships and fostering growth in and around the city. Elemental invites Creative Relation resident artists Tony Whlgn, BreAnn White, Cydney Camp, Olivia Guterson and Deja Jones to identify the basic elements of their work and examine the connectivity of those elements with their cultural roots or place of upbringing. In addition, artist and curator Cyrah Dardas installs her work alongside the work of Arab American artists Noura Ballout and Zeinab Saab.

Oct. 4-31, 2019
On Exile
An artistic documentary film by Jose Carlos Teixeira investigating the SWANA (Southwest Asian/North African) refugee experience, expanding on issues of migration, displacement and otherness, through interviews with newcomers who have settled in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nov. 7 – Dec. 1, 2019
Once There Was and Once There Was Not


The opening line to the quintessential Armenian folktale, artist-in-residence Levon Kafafian‘s Once There Was and Once There Was Not is an invitation into the speculative past, the incredibility of reality and the fantastic within the mundane. Questions of cross-cultural coexistence and exchange, blurred boundaries and false borders emerge in an immersive scene taken from the pages of Kafafian’s forthcoming graphic novel Portal Fire. Objects, sound and installation create a glimpse into an imagined world between a magical past and a technological future.

Feb. 4-9, 2020
As Far As My Fingertips Will Take Me

Tickets sold through UMS

A limited-engagement participatory performance art piece by Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa. Participants listen to Zaraa’s song reflecting on his sisters’ journey from Syria to Sweden while Zaraa draws in paint and ink on their arm. The story can be kept or washed away. Through touch and sound, this intimate encounter explores empathy and whether we need to literally “feel” a refugee in order to understand the effect of border discrimination on peoples’ lives.

Presented in conjunction with U of M—Ann Arbor University Musical Society’s No Safety Net 2.0 festival.


  • September 7, 2019 - February 9, 2020