conversation with artist/curator Kenny Cole, activist El Fadel Arbab

‘The Khashoggi Story’: Fascinating Perspectives, Unique Perspectives art talk in Belfast

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BELFAST — Artist/Curator Kenny Cole (of Monroe) and activist El Fadel Arbab (of Portland by way of Sudan) present a conversation in response to Cole’s piece, “The Khashoggi Story,” Wednesday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m., at Waterfall Arts.

The event will be held in the Clifford Gallery and is free and open to the public.

Are you interested in unique perspectives and fascinating stories? Then attend a conversation with artist Kenny Cole and activist El Fadel Arbab, in response to “The Khashoggi Story”.

El Fadel will discuss his own experiences as an activist and his perspective on the murder of Saudi dissident, Jamal Khashoggi. A survivor of genocide, El Fadel fled the Darfur region of Sudan at age 12 and currently lives in Portland.

This evening will be a unique opportunity for the local community to hear from someone with a direct and deep personal connection to the Arab world who has survived state-sponsored violence, according to Cole, in a news release.

Now an American citizen, El Fadel is a local resource for anyone who wants to understand how some of the United States’ international involvement and actions might affect other cultures and societies, according to Cole.

"I was mesmerized by El Fadel,” said Kitty Winslow, an artist from Rockland, who heard them talk in Camden last February. “He’s an amazing story teller and has an incredible story to tell. His kindness and humor showed through his speaking. I loved the way he shared his relationship with the elders and how their wisdom came to him in his times of need. Our culture, with all of its advances, is missing this profound wisdom. What a beautiful friendship you two have and thank you for sharing it. It was one of the best days I have had in quite a while." 

The conversation will center around artist/curator Kenny Cole’s piece, “The Khashoggi Story” as a part of the “Gallery Closed” exhibit, on view until September 20.  “The Khashoggi Story” is an interactive installation piece in his series of “pass through” walls, created to reenact the moment journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Turkish embassy never to be seen again.

Visitors can pass through two successive walls that appear to close off access to the Clifford Gallery. Each wall has a large painting hinged like a door that can be opened to reveal a portal, which visitors can step through. Additionally, there are a series of framed gouache paintings on paper in the corridor gallery, which represent 25 Saudi dissidents; some of who still languish in Saudi prisons and for whom Jamal Khashoggi tried to speak out for.

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Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals, and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Opportunities include classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, open community studios (clay, print, and darkroom photography), public art projects, and more. For more information in advance of the event, visit Watefall Arts call the Waterfall Arts office at 207-338-2222, email Kenny Cole at or email El Fadel Arbab at:

Event Date: 

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Waterfall Arts


256 High Street
Belfast  Maine
United States