Parsons faculty Baseera Khan debuts iamuslima, her first solo exhibition in New York, at Participant Inc.
Of the exhibition Khan says, “The work in iamuslima deals with historical identity – traditional representations, its misrepresentations that have led to a very volatile social environment globally, but more specifically within capitalist driven societies such as ours, America. This volatility creates a need for self-censorship and other secrecies amongst people that have felt marginalized and othered, even within groups that are also othered. Self-censorship and secrecies, I learned at a very young age, can be aestheticized, and this gave me agency to combat racism, reverse racism, prejudice, and sexism. Using fashion and linguistic-shifts as political medium iamuslima bounces around textiles, archives, performance, and sculpture. This exhibition came together through a collective spirit and is meant to be a sanctuary space for those that need respite.”
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