Oct 15th 2021

hiba ali: in the weeds

@ Roman Susan

1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

Opening Friday, October 15th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, October 17th

hiba ali: in the weeds
October 15, 2021 – October 17, 2021
Hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6-9

in the weeds is about “mowing the lawn,” war and migration. “mowing the lawn” is an activity that is mandated by Home Owner’s Associations to keep outdoor spaces clean, tidy, and presentable – and it is also a military tactic that murders people, particularly used in Palestine. Linked through the control and manicuring of grass, both of these facets are explored as they are found in settler societies.

hiba ali is a producer of moving images, sounds, garments and words. they reside in many time zones: chicago, toronto and eugene. born in karachi, pakistan, they belong to east african, south asian and arab diasporas. they are a practitioner and (re)learner of swahili, urdu, arabic and spanish languages. they work on two long term art and publication projects: an art-based phd project that examines womyn of colour’s labour, and architecture of surveillance as it exists within the monopoly of Amazon (corp.) and the black indian ocean project which features the music, cloth and ritual of african descent communities across the indian ocean region through music, cloth and ritual.

they are an assistant professor of new media artist/geminist discourse at the college of design in the art & technology program at the university of oregon, eugene, or. Currently, they are a phd candidate in cultural studies at queens university in kingston, ontario. Their work has been presented in chicago, stockholm, vienna, berlin, toronto, new york, istanbul, são paulo, detroit, windsor, dubai, austin, vancouver, and portland. they have written for the following magazines: “C”, the seen, newcity chicago, art chicago, art dubai, the state, medium’s zora, rtv, and topical cream. For more info, please visit hibaali.info.

Roman Susan Art Foundation is a nonprofit art space and platform for exhibitions and events in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Roman Susan develops and supports new opportunities to create, display, and experience art. For more info, please visit romansusan.org.

For further info: romansusan.org/in-the-weeds or contact art@romansusan.org

Image: Video still from in the weeds, 2021 by hiba ali


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