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Saif Azzuz

Huem-chor O’ weych-pues (Welcome to where the rivers meet)

No opening reception

17 March - 22 April 2022

Saif Azzuz se'raa (carve it out), 2022 Acrylic on hand-carved plywood Framed Dimensions: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches 62.2 x 62.2 cm

Saif Azzuz

se'raa (carve it out), 2022

Acrylic on hand-carved plywood

Framed Dimensions:

24 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches

62.2 x 62.2 cm

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Saif Azzuz Wes’onah, 2022 Acrylic and enamel on canvas 80 x 60 inches 203.2 x 152.4 cm

Saif Azzuz

Wes’onah, 2022

Acrylic and enamel on canvas

80 x 60 inches

203.2 x 152.4 cm

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Saif Azzuz 'We-noohl wek 'o serrneryk' kue mey, 2022 Acrylic and enamel on canvas 80 x 60 inches 203.2 x 152.4 cm

Saif Azzuz

'We-noohl wek 'o serrneryk' kue mey, 2022

Acrylic and enamel on canvas

80 x 60 inches

203.2 x 152.4 cm

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Saif Azzuz Why you dam that?, 2022 13 hand-carved salmon made of redwood, plywood, cedar, acacia, cypress, pine and eucalyptus Overall dimensions: 41 x 72 inches 104.1 x 182.9 cm

Saif Azzuz

Why you dam that?, 2022

13 hand-carved salmon made of redwood, plywood,

cedar, acacia, cypress, pine and eucalyptus

Overall dimensions:

41 x 72 inches

104.1 x 182.9 cm

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Saif Azzuz Who says, 2022 Stickers, ink, bungee cord, chains, and steel 59 x 93 inches 149.9 x 236.2 cm

Saif Azzuz

Who says, 2022

Stickers, ink, bungee cord, chains, and steel

59 x 93 inches

149.9 x 236.2 cm

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Saif Azzuz Cultural fire, 2022 Acrylic and enamel on canvas with hand-carved walnut frame Image Dimensions: 18 x 14 inches 45.7 x 35.6 cm Framed Dimensions: 19 3/8 x 15 1/4 inches 49.2 x 38.7 cm

Saif Azzuz

Cultural fire, 2022

Acrylic and enamel on canvas with hand-carved walnut frame

Image Dimensions:

18 x 14 inches

45.7 x 35.6 cm

Framed Dimensions:

19 3/8 x 15 1/4 inches

49.2 x 38.7 cm

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Saif Azzuz And what did it say?, 2022 Enamel on cedar 67 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches 170.2 x 73.7 x 3.8 cm

Saif Azzuz

And what did it say?, 2022

Enamel on cedar

67 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches

170.2 x 73.7 x 3.8 cm

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Saif Azzuz Nepe'wee shneg (Otter), 2022 Redwood burl from big basin fires 20 1/2 x 19 x 25 inches 52.1 x 48.3 x 63.5 cm

Saif Azzuz

Nepe'wee shneg (Otter), 2022

Redwood burl from big basin fires

20 1/2 x 19 x 25 inches

52.1 x 48.3 x 63.5 cm

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Saif Azzuz To be present, 2022 Glass beads on bronze 8 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches 21.6 x 7 x 3.8 cm

Saif Azzuz

To be present, 2022

Glass beads on bronze

8 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches

21.6 x 7 x 3.8 cm

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Saif Azzuz Can they go home?, 2022 Acrylic on chiffon with walnut frame Image Dimensions: 15 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches 38.7 x 48.9 cm Framed Dimensions: 18 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches 46.4 x 54 cm

Saif Azzuz

Can they go home?, 2022

Acrylic on chiffon with walnut frame

Image Dimensions:

15 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches

38.7 x 48.9 cm

Framed Dimensions:

18 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches

46.4 x 54 cm

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Saif Azzuz It was all a blur until they gave it back, 2022 Acrylic on canvas in hand-carved walnut frame Image Dimensions: 18 x 14 inches 45.7 x 35.6 cm Framed Dimensions: 19 3/8 x 15 1/4 inches 49.2 x 38.7 cm

Saif Azzuz

It was all a blur until they gave it back, 2022

Acrylic on canvas in hand-carved walnut frame

Image Dimensions:

18 x 14 inches

45.7 x 35.6 cm

Framed Dimensions:

19 3/8 x 15 1/4 inches

49.2 x 38.7 cm

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Saif Azzuz It felt good to see them again, 2022 Graphite on canvas with hand-carved walnut frame Image Dimensions: 18 x 14 inches 45.7 x 35.6 cm Framed Dimensions: 19 1/4 x 17 3/4 inches 48.9 x 45.1 cm

Saif Azzuz

It felt good to see them again, 2022

Graphite on canvas with hand-carved walnut frame

Image Dimensions:

18 x 14 inches

45.7 x 35.6 cm

Framed Dimensions:

19 1/4 x 17 3/4 inches

48.9 x 45.1 cm

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Saif Azzuz Where did you get them?, 2022 Acrylic on chiffon with walnut frame Image Dimensions: 14 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches 36.5 x 31.1 cm Framed Dimensions: 16 3/8 x 14 1/4 inches 41.6 x 36.2 cm

Saif Azzuz

Where did you get them?, 2022

Acrylic on chiffon with walnut frame

Image Dimensions:

14 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches

36.5 x 31.1 cm

Framed Dimensions:

16 3/8 x 14 1/4 inches

41.6 x 36.2 cm

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Saif Azzuz Some wood, 2022 Oil stick on canvas 60 x 40 inches 152.4 x 101.6 cm

Saif Azzuz

Some wood, 2022

Oil stick on canvas

60 x 40 inches

152.4 x 101.6 cm

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Saif Azzuz How did you get them?, 2022 Acrylic on chiffon with walnut frame 15 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches 38.7 x 48.9 cm Framed Dimensions: 18 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches 46.4 x 54 cm

Saif Azzuz

How did you get them?, 2022

Acrylic on chiffon with walnut frame

15 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches

38.7 x 48.9 cm

Framed Dimensions:

18 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches

46.4 x 54 cm

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exhibition walkthrough video

Exhibition walkthrough

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Press Release

The exhibition is open by appointment only. Click here to schedule your visit.

 

Anthony Meier Fine Arts is pleased to announce Saif Azzuz: Huem-chor O’ weych-pues (Welcome to where the rivers meet), the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, on view from 17 March – 22 April 2022. Working with a variety of natural materials and incorporating traditional Yurok art-making techniques, Azzuz confronts the ongoing effects of colonialism.

 

The exhibition will also be accompanied by a live talk with artist Firelei Báez on 11 April 2022 at 10 am PST / 1 pm EST.

 

The title of the exhibition takes its name from a greeting wall in Weitchpec, CA where the Yurok community resides. To date, the privatization of stolen land is the largest burden on all Indigenous peoples trying to steward their ancestral lands. Through constructing a sense of home within the gallery, Azzuz subverts the inaccessibility faced by his people for generations, subsequently showcasing the resilience of Yurok culture and the importance of personal connection with the land.

 

Azzuz’s work responds to the impact of colonization, dams and the privatization of nature on the California landscape. Traditional ecological knowledge––different ways Indigenous communities have interacted with the land since time immemorial –– is at the core of the artist’s work, and is evident through a series of “remembered landscapes,” rubbing paintings, and sculptures that populate the gallery space. Made at different locations throughout present-day Weitchpec, the rubbing paintings are created from reliefs that are found on bridges or pieces of concrete that represent a different pattern and story for the Yurok tribe. In his paintings, Azzuz repurposes the color palettes from the drought and fire maps from California in 2021 to create surreal landscapes that are full and alive, that press their power up to the very edges of the canvas, resisting their frames. 

 

About Saif Azzuz:

 

Saif Azzuz (b. 1987) is a Libyan-Yurok artist who resides in Pacifica, CA. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and Drawing from the California College of the Arts in 2013. Azzuz has exhibited widely in the Bay Area, including an upcoming solo exhibition at Anthony Meier Fine Arts in March of 2022 and has had solo exhibitions at pt.2 gallery, Adobe Books, Ever Gold [Projects], NIAD, Rule Gallery and 1599dt Gallery. Azzuz is a 2022 SFMOMA SECA Award finalist and has participated in the Clarion Alley Mural Project and the Facebook Artist in Residence program.

 

Selected public collections include Facebook, North Carolina Museum of Art, Stanford Health Care Art Collection and UBS Art Collection.