Born in Lebanon, Rabee Kiwan immigrated to the United States in 2002 to complete his medical training and he has lived in Portland since 2009. Rabee has been painting portraits, landscapes, and still lifes since he was a young child when his father gave him a watercolor set. Drawing inspiration from everyday life sustains his artistic practice and simultaneously serves as a meditative exercise from his work as a hospitalist.
This exhibition features Rabee’s portraits of colleagues, friends, neighbors, and family and offers a unique perspective on both his community while also serving as a visual narrative of his journey from Lebanon to the United States.
Face to Face is part of the multi-faceted project, Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks, & Pathways, which brings together a dynamic group of contemporary artists whose work engages the theme of migration.
Organized by the Institute for Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, this exhibition will be accompanied by a wide range of events about migration, immigration, and border crossing hosted by collaborating partner organizations throughout the state. Events include companion exhibitions, lectures, films, performances, poetry readings, and community conversations. MECA will host a one-day public symposium for artists and collaborating partners on Friday, November 2, 2018. A detailed schedule and more information on each of the affiliated events will be available in September at www.meca.edu/traces.