A Photography Exhibition by Helga Felleisen

October 30 - December 15, 2014 Extended until FEBRUARY 2015
Boston University Howard Thurman Center
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Lower Level

Reception with the Artist: October 30, 2014, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Gallery Hours: M-T 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., F 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Closed on Weekends and Thanksgiving


Upper Mesopotamia, al-Jazira or ‘island’ in Arabic, refers to the uplands and plain of northwestern Iraq, northeastern Syria and a part of southeastern Turkey. From the Anti-Taurus Mountains to the north, vast terrain extends from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers southward. In southeastern Turkey, these rivers encompass a culturally vibrant area.

This region of Southeast Anatolia comprises the northern fringe of the Fertile Crescent, land rich in resources, history and geopolitical connotations. From the prehistoric ritual buildings at Göbekli Tepe, to its Biblical, Christian, Seljuk, and Islamic histories, Southeast Anatolia is witness to many layers of change.

Taken in 2012 and 2013, the collection of photographshighlights the area from Hasankeyf and Mardin and Diyarbakir in the east, to Gaziantep in the west. They include Sanlıurfa Province, now home to refugee camps. In the Rhythm of Time attempts to capture the essence of these places and faces.

Helga Felleisen

An immigrant, Helga Felleisen has always lived between cultures. This has been formative both in her interests and in how it manifests itself in her work.

Helga’s fascination with Turkey goes back to her days as a graduate student of archaeology. The place fostered her interest in the social, religious and artistic traditions of this part of the world. Today, it informs her work as a visual artist.

Helga views memory and identity as palimpsest. Her artwork crosses the boundaries of drawing, sculpture and design. She works almost exclusively in hand-cut paper, which, with light and air, creates ever-changing tapestries of information. Cutting entails a long, detail-oriented process. A natural counterpoint, photography allows her to frame and capture a moment spontaneously.


Co-presented with Boston University Howard Thurman Center