EDGE OF ARABIA // CULTURUNNERS IN DETROIT, MI
CULTURUNNERS // DETROIT CITY
I remember buying a book in Paris called ‘Les Fabuleuses Ruines de Detroit’, which caught my imagination and shaped my feeling about the city. When I came to Detroit for the first time earlier this year, I had the chance to re-claim that image and even leave a trace of myself in this great city.
I joined CULTURUNNERS in Detroit to show my work exploring innovation within traditional Islamic art. I have been working as a kind of conduit between artisans working with Islamic patterns in Morocco and the contemporary art and design world in Europe and now for the first time in the US. I came to Detroit with two projects, one for the gallery and one for the street (above).
Exhibition at the Detroit Red Bull House of Art
I was happy to find an audience for my work in Detroit who appreciated my efforts to reach my roots. It seemed they were searching for their roots too. I met artists with links to North Africa and the Middle East, as well as some local artists who had converted to Islam. Whether Hispanic or European or African, there was a consistent conversation about searching beyond the contemporary, into the philosophies and ideas of the past … in order to find new possibilities for the future.
Community Talk at Redbull House of Arts with CULTURUNNERS DETROIT curators, Lila Nazemian and Ava Ansari, and fellow artist, Peyman ShafeezadehGuests at opening of CULTURUNNERS – DETROIT at Redbull House of Arts, Sunday 19 July 2015