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Gaza-based artist at two programs at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory

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It’s a rare opportunity to meet an artist based in Gaza, starting tomorrow at the North Side museum.

Mohammed Musallam is one of the artists in the Mattress Factory’s newest Factory Installed exhibition, which opened last Friday.

Danya Musallam and Mohammed Musallam - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MATTRESS FACTORY
  • Photo courtesy of the Mattress Factory
  • Danya Musallam and Mohammed Musallam
Musallam is an internationally exhibited artist whose “work includes installation, video and photography focused on the ‘preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment,’” according to press materials. His new installation at the Mattress Factory, "The Great Illusion," is a room-sized bed of olive leaves, surrounded by coils of barbed wired on which are impaled pages from passports. Hung from the ceiling above is more barbed wire on whose spikes are stuck passport books folded into paper airplanes.

Musallam and his family have remained in town for an artist talk tomorrow night. Art And …, a new program at the museum, includes a lecture, drinks and a behind-the-scenes look at works. Both Musallam and his wife, Danya Musallam, will participate. Admission to the 6-8 p.m. event is free, but space is limited; RSVP to education@mattress.org.

On Saturday, Musallam returns for two events. The first, a morning Coffee Date, is for museum members only. Then, from 1-4 p.m., Musallam, his wife and five children participate in an ARTLab, a drop-in, hands-on, interactive program for visitors of all ages. The program, co-hosted by the Saturday Light Brigade, is free with museum admission.

The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way, on the North Side.

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