What Now My Friend?
|When||17 Dec 2020 - 23 Jan 2021|
35 Great Jones Street, (Between Bowery and Lafayette)
New York, NY 10012
Saturday, December 19,
Exhibition curator, Salima Hashmi in conversation with artist Khadim Ali and writer Asad Buda, moderated by Hussain Khanbhai
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Aicon Art New York is delighted to present What Now My Friend?, the gallery’s debut solo exhibition of Hazara artists Khadim Ali and Sher Ali.
The present exhibition, curated by preeminent artist, curator, and contemporary art historian, Salima Hashmi, brings together an important body of work that features four large tapestries and a video installation that Khadim Ali made in collaboration with Sher Ali. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay by writer and historian Asad Buda.
Khadim Ali was born in Quetta, Pakistan, after his family fled their home in Afghanistan to escape persecution from the Taliban. Part of a highly persecuted minority group called the Hazaras, from an early age he was confronted with the discrimination, displacement and genocide of his people, which is a key focus of his work as an artist.
Borrowing motifs from The Shahnameh (or Book of Kings, a tenth-century epic poem and an icon of Persian literature), his works are imbued with the deeply personal, drawing a trajectory between his own past, the somber history of the Hazaras, and the abiding sense of displacement, loss and melancholia.
CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION & PRESS PREVIEW
Saturday, December 19 | 1:00 – 7:00 pm
On Saturday, December 19 from 1pm to 7pm, we will host an open house / champagne reception by appointment. We encourage RSVPs for the same in order to allow us to effectively socially distance and to disinfect surfaces. A maximum of 2 parties will be admitted to the gallery at any given point. NY state recommended PPE will be available on site. We do not recommend scheduling an appointment if you or anyone you are in regular contact with, has compromised health at this time.
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