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Women Weavers at International Folk Art Market

16 Sep 2019

Eden in Iraq with Nature Iraq IFAM update

We received huge support for our IFAM/Nature iraq NGO project: Embroidered Wedding Blankets from the Garden of Eden. Nature Iraq’s larger work and the Eden in Iraq Project were broadcast far and wide, in newspapers and magazines and interviews. We showed videos ,had books out, and a wonderful banner of the portraits of the 5 women who participated. We are giving these women faces, names, and income.

In fact, there are only a handful of older women who are keeping the tradition vibrant. The girls are earning slowly but they have never seen the historic rugs that we were able to buy from rug dealer Khalid Al Taey. Khalid knows all of the symbols and meanings of the earlier rugs. He will be a great resource to teach younger women.

We(Jassim, Zahra Southail, Edmond Wong, my assistant Drew Lenihan, and myself) had a profound experience working at IFAM, meeting all of the other artists, supporters, volunteers and staff, as well as visitors. We felt we were at the centre of the WORLD along with everyone in it. IFAM(The International Folk Art Market) is a wonderful and necessary celebration of world culture, art, and peace.

I am contemplating a fundraiser for Eden in Iraq operating expenses for mid winter if I can get the energy. I would highlight or auction the historic rugs. We’ve been offered a big hotel and Rahim Al Haj, renown oud player, could perform. Here, he met Jassim in Santa Fe!


Here we’re all dressed up for the Procession.Im wearing the dress Wajeada(Souad’s sister in law) made for me for the Singapore exhibition in 2017.Below with Zahra and Jassim:

3 Sep 2019

Eden in Iraq with Nature Iraq Historic Rugs

Please Read the attached PDF for an update on our Nature Iraq partnership at The International Folk Art Market and the ongoing project with Women Weavers. Also in document are one of kind Historic Rugs that were not on view during IFAM.

Please Read MR-IFAM-Historic-Rug-Updated.

20 Aug 2019

Eden in Iraq with Nature Iraq at International Folk Art Market, Albuquerque Journal






Read Full article Here.

20 Aug 2019

Square Cylinder Review of Eden In Iraq, Brian Gross Fine Art









Read Full Article Here.

25 May 2019

Meridel Rubenstein 23 Feb — 6 Apr 2019 at the Brian Gross Fine Art

Link to Full article here.

17 Feb 2019

National Museum Singapore Lecture

5 Dec 2018


We’re thrilled to announce a feature spread in Trend Magazine’s 2018 Summer edition… see link below to view a PDF of work along with an article about Meridel’s Eden In Iraq work!

TREND Magazine Summer 2018

23 Aug 2018

Announcing: Spring/Summer 2018 Exhibitions

Thank you to all who contributed, all who attended, and all who lent their support in the creation and exhibition of these works!


Oppenheimer’s Chair and The Meeting at New Mexico History Museum, through May 2019. Installations on loan from the Tia Collection.

Eden In Iraq: In The Marshes, at Currents New Media Festival 2018 through June 24th.

Tickling The Dragon’s Tail at Peters Projects through August 11th.

Exhibition at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media Gallery, works on display through October.

Eden Turned on Its Side at the UNM Art Museum, final weekend: June 16th.


18 Jun 2018




Saturday, June 16th

Peters Projects, Tickling The Dragon’s Tail

Afternoon reception Saturday 3-5 pm

exhibition runs June 8 – August 11


Friday, July 13th

Tech And The West Symposium

A Sense of Place panel discussion at 10:30am

with Meridel Rubenstein and Will Wilson, moderated by Dr. Alison Fields

(and join us for a tailgate celebration before the opening of Dr. Atomic at the Opera the following



Friday, July 13th

Book signing at Photo-Eye Bookstore

Eden Turned on Its Side, 4-5:30pm





Atomic Histories NOW OPEN at the New Mexico History Museum

(exhibition runs through May 2019)


CURRENTS New Media Festival 2018: In The Marshes Installation, from Eden in Iraq

(exhibition runs until June 24th)


University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, NM

Eden Turned on Its Side

(through June 16th)

Meridel Rubenstein, Eden Turned on Its Side

11 Jun 2018