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Katherine Toukhy – Khayamiya Monument

Bay Ridge – Public Installation

The Khayamiya (Khayyāmiyah, Arabic) Monument was a co-created public tent sculpture and community archive of the herstories of Arab women im/migrants in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and United States women veterans. The monument unfolded the story of displacement and war in multiple ways from viewpoints that receive little attention in the media or the national consciousness; allowing a space for critical reflection of militarism through the senses, rather than polemics. Personal stories of war and displacement were collected and inscribed in the tent structure, and the public was invited to respond to the quotes from their own experience, growing the piece and the collective narrative.

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