Mar 6th 2017


@ DfbrL8r

1463 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Opening Monday, March 6th, from 7PM - 9PM

Exiled Bangladeshi performance artist and gender activist, Ali Asgar, will talk about their past, their practice, and their new reality as an Artist Protection Fund Fellow at The University of Maine.

ALI ASGAR is a Bangladeshi artist who focuses primarily on body and space as a primary element of their practice. Ali’s work surrounding gender, sexuality, and social taboos often reflects upon their personal struggle with the conservative Bangladeshi attitude towards members of LGBTQ communities. In their work, they use their own body and self-imagery as a rudimentary element to walk the line between reality and the artifice of self-analysis. Ali is now visiting USA as an Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence at The University of Maine. While in the US, Ali plans to continue their current projects which are politically inspired and emphasize trauma, dislocation, isolation, body politics and queer identity. With a BFA in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts from the University of Dhaka, Ali has participated in major group exhibitions including the Dhaka Art Summit in 2016 and 2014, the Kolkata International Performance Festival in 2016, the Dhaka Social Art Festival, (Dhaka Art Center) in 2014 and SEA Juried Art Show (Lislie) in Chicago in 2014, 15 Asian Art Biennale in 2013 among many others. Ali recently completed a solo performance project entitled Shameless at the Edward M. Kennedy Center (EMK) this past year (2016) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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