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July 28-August 28, 2021
Reception: Friday, August 6, 6-8 pm

The reception is open to the public–no timed entry. Food and beverages. Face coverings are encouraged, but not required

Free Concert: Sunday, August 8, 3 pm
Gallery Talk: Friday, August 20, 6-8 pm

Halal Metropolis

The Halal Metropolis exhibition, by artist Osman Khan, historian Sally Howell, and photographer Razi Jafri, and explores the facts, fictions, and imaginaries of the Muslim population(s) in Detroit and Southeast Michigan as viewed through historical research, documentation of current conditions, and explorations of future desires. The Halal Metropolis alludes to the established and growing Muslim population in Detroit and its metro area, one of the largest and most diverse Muslim populations in the U.S., whose visibility is both pronounced and extremely present in the city, yet whose narrative seems unusually silent in the larger Detroit story. The exhibition blends archival materials, social and political artifacts, photography, and art to explore the congruent and contradicting ideas, aesthetics, and cultures working to make the halal metropolis both a real and imaginary entity.

Featuring works by:

  • Amna Asghar
  • Qais Assali
  • B Mama
  • Adnan Charara
  • Kecia Escoe
  • Parisa Ghaderi
  • Anthony Keith Giannini
  • Razi Jafri
  • Osman Khan
  • Maamoul Press
  • Endi Poskovic
  • Reem Taki

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Arab American Studies (CAAS), with support from the Knight Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation, the El-Hibri Foundation, the Community Foundation of SE Michigan, the Michigan Humanities Council.

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