March 29 2024
10:00 am

For Every Piece Of It Exhibition

On view January 26th– March 15th, 2024
Public Opening Reception January 26th, 6-8 pm
2007 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411 



Gallery Hours are 10am-4pm M-Th. or by appt. (


While working within the traditions of painting and collage, Dina Abdulkarim draws from contemporary perspectives in architecture, urban design, and cultural identity as a woman of Middle Eastern and North African heritage. Utilizing the geometries of rooftops and skewed walls, her abstractions allude to the built environments of neighborhoods and homes from aerial vantage points.  


“The work investigates urban dwelling in relation to personal and professional experiences,” says artist Dina Abdulkarim. “Because people adorn cities, a neighborhood is ‘hai’ in Arabic, the word given for ‘the living.’ But the neighborhoods I called home after my immigration smoothed the wrinkles of everyday chaos. I borrow from the miniature painting tradition, which depicts sceneries about home and communal spaces, to speak about isolation. Using radiant colors and intricate landscapes, the work explains that what makes a place livable is its social vibrancy, not only its built environment. My recent work replaces the ornate motifs with contemporary abstractions to investigate a new visual language. It also expands the sculptural qualities of painting as an object. I use wood and paper to give depth, yet hollowness, to the roofs. The voids and shadows in the compositions symbolize a disconnect from the landscape.” 


Abdulkarim hopes audiences observe something about their own communities within the collection. Overall, I would like for those who experience my work to realize that a holistic approach to how we design and build our communities is not only possible, but imperative as well. 



2007 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411 

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is conveniently located on the corner of W Broadway Ave. & Emerson Ave N along the Metro D Line and 14 Bus Lines. Guests are welcome to park in the US Bank parking lot across Emerson during gallery/business hours; street parking is also available. The building is fully accessible with fully accessible restrooms. If you require additional accommodation or would like to visit the exhibition outside of gallery hours, please email us at