On the First Friday of every month, the Downtown Arts District opens their doors to the public to enjoy free art exhibitions, live music, and other creative events. First Friday offerings can be found HERE.
New Mural Opening Reception in Downtown Binghamton
Binghamton-based artist Sardar Kestay (Kurdish), recently completed a multi-story mural at 23 E Clinton St. in Downtown Binghamton.
There will be a ribbon cutting and public reception celebrating the hard work of area artist Sardar Kestay on Friday, October 6th, 2023 from 6PM to 8PM at 23E Clinton St. Binghamton, NY
ABOUT THE MURAL:
As is true to the nature of Kestay’s larger body of paintings, the mural located at 23E Clinton St. incorporates Kurdish imagery into the overall piece. Highly visible driving East over the Clinton St. Bridge, the mural depicts a central female figure. She’s reclined, her legs wrapped in patterned cloth, and is set against a bright yellow background.
According to the artist, the work speaks to women’s rights and freedoms. The patterned cloth acts as a symbol of cultural norms. The entanglement of that cloth in her legs visually represents how cultural norms can repress and deprive women of rights. He speaks to the beauty that can be found in tradition, while delicately drawing attention to how those same values can be a dated hindrance.
There’s joy yet to come, according to Kestay. Yellow, which makes up the majority of the background and appears throughout the mural, is a symbol of hope for a brighter future for women around the world.
This is an independent mural project not associated with BCAC’s iDistricts Mural and Mosaics program.
One day each year – April 15th in 2023 – people all over the world
visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together to talk about their experience.
This Slow Art Day, pay a visit to:
in Downtown Binghamton on April 15th.