Oil on canvas, 2018, 40"w x 42"h
Informed by the stories of relatives and my own relationship to my motherland, Da Watan explores the impact of American imperialism, terrorism and conflicting Soviet, British and Pakistani interests within Afghanistan. Responding to biased photojournalism used to reinforce Western propaganda, it juxtaposes a historical and present-day photo of Afghanistan. Featuring a couplet from Afghanistan’s anthem, “This land is Afghanistan, the pride of every Afghan,” Da Watan documents my coming to terms with my ethnicity and the tenacity of every Afghan in the face of orientalist, colonialist attitudes.
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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in 2020 in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.
Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so for another year, through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.