Arizona Arts was slated to headline at Wonder House, the University’s branding activation at South by Southwest® when COVID-19 arrived. As a response to the crisis, the University once again turned to Arizona Arts to create an impactful statement of resilience and grit with the video, Wonder Makes Us Find a Way, created remotely by art students of all disciplines.
Iraqi-born artist and the University of Arizona Professor of Art Sama Alshaibi focuses her lens on the desert, water and the power of perseverance. Using photography, video and installation, her work pairs stunning visual explorations with themes of identity and imperiled environments. “[The desert] was an early symbol in my work as a paradoxical landscape that reflected the experience of life that always appears to be changing and reforming but is actually just recycling and repeating the same history lessons.”