Unpacked Presents Maktub

About Unpacked

Lauren Iacoponi and Shane Bowers co-founded Unpacked this past year due to a growing interest in different models of DIY exhibitions spaces, mobile museums and galleries for contemporary art. We wanted to mobilize in a literal way – bringing our vision out into the world and into different communities.

Unpacked expands the domain of what is conventionally considered an appropriate space to showcase art – the bed of a moving truck. The DIY artist space exhibits innovative artists across disciplines through a mobile gallery or “pop-up truck show”, allowing for guerrilla art shows around the city of Chicago.

About the Exhibition

Unpacked Mobile Gallery presents Maktub
A three-person exhibition by Lamia Abukhadra, Essma Imady, and Zeinab Saab

Friday, September 14

The exhibition deals with the history of three Arab women living in the diaspora, and their relationship to their native lands - Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon - and the importance of preserving their history and culture through the art of bookmaking.

The exhibiting artists are Lamia Abukhadra, who is of Palestinean descent, Essma Imady, Syrian descent, and Zeinab Saab, of Lebanese descent.

Unpacked Stops:

10 - 11:30 am UIC Arab American Cultural Center
701 S Morgan St. Chicago, IL

12 - 1:30 pm Pilsen Alliance
1744 W18th St. Chicago, IL

4:30 - 6 pm Muslim Community Center
4380 N Elston Ave. Chicago, IL

7 - 9:30 pm Comfort Station
2579 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL

How you can help

While we are working on establishing Unpacked as a Nonprofit, we are continuously looking for ways to fund our exhibitions. 

Please help us rent our moving truck for this thrilling opportunity to exhibit at four cultural institutions throughout the course of one-day in our pop up exhibition, Maktub.

All proceeds from this campaign will go towards funding our rental and travel throughout Chicago.

Thank you for your consideration,

Unpacked Mobile Gallery & Artists
Unpacked Mobile Gallery Online


Lauren Iacoponi
Chicago, IL

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