Joiner Institute Presents Minoo Emami’s “The Aura of War” in UMass Boston’s Harbor Gallery

Office of Communications | March 17, 2016

"The Aura of War" will be in the Harbor Gallery from March 21 through April 26.
Image by: Minoo Emami

The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences presents “The Aura of War," an art exhibit by the independent Iranian artist Minoo Emami. It will be on view March 21 through April 26 in UMass Boston's Harbor Gallery, located on the first floor of McCormack Hall. 

Minoo Emami has worked continuously on her war collection since 1997. Emami uses paintings, drawings, and sculpture to transform her experience living through the Islamic revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, and her marriage to a veteran into art that highlights the permanent effects of war.

Within her collection, a striking recurrence in the majority of her pieces is the presence of a prosthetic leg, a symbol of the lasting consequences of war in people’s lives. A self-taught painter of Kurdish descent, Emami was born and raised in Iran. 

This exhibit will include several special events and opportunities to engage with the artist:

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 31 from 4-7 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion: Tuesday, April 5 at 1 p.m. - "Women, Art and the Legacy of War": Panelists Minoo Emami, Maryam Kamali, Jill McDonough, and Rajini Srikanth will examine the intersections of war and its effect on women’s lives and creative expression 
  • Workshop for Veterans and Students: Wednesday, April 20 at 2 p.m.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m.

The show is co-sponsored by the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights, the Honors College, Women's and Gender Studies Department, MFA program, and a Creative Economies Initiative Fund grant from the University of Massachusetts’s president’s office.

For more information, contact Mitch Manning at

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