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Rhonda Khalifeh

MFA 2017

Scarf (After Charlie)

Marbled cotton, liquid dye, bleach, polyester thread, 2016, 42.5"w x 50"h

I use the language of garment construction to evoke an embodied discourse between object and viewer. In its simplest manifestations, the garment operates as the protagonist in my work. Historically loaded and politically charged, it is a potent visual indicator of dominant power hierarchies, systemic inequalities and problematic cultural tropes within a designated geographical region. My work exploits the approachability of the garment to highlight the presence or absence of the human body, creating narratives that are both deeply personal and political.

Rhonda Khalifeh - Scarf (After Charlie)

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