In Everyday Suspects, BOLT Resident Sabba S. Elahi examines vehicles of surveillance and agents of warfare, calling into question the scrutinization of our everyday actions. The exhibition presents a working list of Pakistani drone casualties, collected from an online archive published by the Bureau of Investigative Journalists. Her hand-embroidered and drawn imagery moves the viewer through aerial and peripheral views of domestic and civil spaces, the benign and the personal. Elahi’s work interrogates what is happening in many Muslim American communities, monitoring where they live, work, and pray. Elahi’s human suspects haunt us with the vulnerability of the mundane and subtle gestures of everyday patterns.
Everyday Suspects closing reception, and performance by Ahalya Satkunaratnam:
July 17, 5:30-8:00pm, Chicago Artist Coalition.
In addition, Elahi’s Everyday Suspects acts as a companion to two public staged readings of Robert Myers’ play UNMANNED. Both Elahi’s artwork and Myers’ play address the ethical and moral challenges posed by drone technology and its resultant “collateral damage.” Elahi will present a twenty-minute talk with slide show presentation before each of the staged readings.
Artist Talk in association with Silk Road Rising’s staged reading of UNMANNED:
Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29, at 4:00pm
UNMANNED performances held at Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago.