‘Halal Metropolis’: U-M exhibition examines range, narratives of Detroit’s Muslim neighborhood


A new exhibition at the College of Michigan Stamps Gallery explores the points, fic­tions and imag­i­nar­ies of the Mus­lim populations in Detroit and South­east Michi­gan as viewed by way of his­tor­i­cal investigate, doc­u­men­ta­tion of cur­rent con­di­tions and explo­rations of long run wants.

Halal Metropolis” is on view until eventually July 17, and was made and curated by artist Osman Khan, an associate professor at U-M’s Stamps Faculty of Art & Style and design photographer Razi Jafri, a graduate university student at Stamps and Sally How­ell, affiliate professor of record and director of the Center for Arab American Scientific studies at UM-Dearborn.

In accordance to the creators, “Halal Metrop­o­lis” alludes to the estab­lished and grow­ing Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion in Detroit and its metro area—one of the biggest and most assorted Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions in the U.S.—whose vis­i­bil­ity is both equally pro­nounced and extremely present in the metropolis, nevertheless whose nar­ra­tive looks unusu­ally silent in the larger Detroit story.

“This is portion of a collection of exhibitions we have introduced in current decades that seems to be at the visibility, and in some sense, the invisibility of the Muslim inhabitants in our point out,” claimed Khan, whose do the job is also on look at as portion of the exhibit. “They’re incredibly obvious, but in the Detroit narrative, they’re form of misplaced.”

The exhi­bi­tion blends archival mate­ri­als, social and polit­i­cal arti­facts, pho­tog­ra­phy and art to discover the con­gru­ent and con­tra­dict­ing concepts, aes­thet­ics and cul­tures work­ing to make the Halal Metrop­o­lis both a genuine and imag­i­nary entity.

Halal Metropolis is on view at the Stamps Gallery until July 17.

Halal Metropolis is on see at the Stamps Gallery until finally July 17. Impression courtesy: Stamps Faculty of Artwork & Layout

“Often stories about Muslims in The united states in common are not really nuanced. They are introduced as monolithic or one minded,” Jafri stated. “What we want individuals to really acquire absent from this exhibition is an being familiar with of how varied, multiethnic and multicultural we are—and we also want to emphasize how Muslims are inextricable from the cultural fabric and of American heritage.”

The exhibition attributes is effective by Amna Asghar, Qais Assali, BGIRL MAMA, Nour Ball­out, Adnan Charara, Kecia Escoe, Parisa Ghaderi, Anthony Keith Giannini, Razi Jafri, Osman Khan, Maamoul Push, Endi Poskovic, Haleem ​”Stringz” Rasul and Reem Taki.

Halal Metropolis” is pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan-Dearborn’s Cen­ter for Arab Amer­i­can Stud­ies, with sup­port from the Knight Foun­da­tion, Doris Duke Foun­da­tion, Andy Warhol Foun­da­tion for the Visual Arts, El-Hibri Foun­da­tion, Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of SE Michi­gan and Michi­gan Human­i­ties Council.

The Stamps Gallery, operated by the U-M Stamps University of Artwork & Style and design, is located at 201 S. Division St. in Ann Arbor. The gallery is cost-free and open up to the community, but is presently open up by appointment only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with advance registration.

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