IT’S ALL THE RAGE is the title of our first solo exhibition with artist, Osman Khan opens along with the other 14 galleries at the Pacific Design Center next week, Wednesday, September 18 from 5pm – 8pm.
This exhibition deals with issues that center around Pakistani/Muslim identity... and the 'aesthetics' surrounding it. Khan was born in Pakistan, raised in NYC and teaches at the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where his teaching focuses on computational and kinetic mediums.
Khan describes the exhibition as “Between East and West seemingly lies… conflict or maybe more accurately the conflicted. The exhibition IT'S ALL THE RAGE sits between reflection and action to address the concerns of newly emerging Muslim (and more specifically hyphenated Pakistani) identity and the political, cultural and aesthetic repercussions of this experience.
The title of the exhibition alludes to the overwrought and hostile sensationalism of the September 2012 Newsweek Muslim Rage cover story and rebrands its confrontational stance into the nuanced reality of the exhibition's double entendre pun; 200 plus years of colonialism, cold war manipulations, political double standards, IMF strong-arming, drone strikes, media misrepresentations on the one hand have led to systemic suspicion and anger at western interference, fermenting internalized desires for the Muslim world to enter the modern world in its own terms, it's our party and you are not invited!
The works presented reflect on the afflictions, ambiguity and aspirations currently at play, embracing uncertainty and providing no resolution. It is the current condition. It's what is going on. It's all the rage…”
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