Bari: Know Your Place

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Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Boulevard

Queens, NY 11354

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Symin Adive reluctantly made some art about the bad ol’ days and is giving an artist talk all about it. Inspired by the high-horizon, miniature style paintings cultivated in Southeast Asia between 15th - 18th centuries, this exhibition of illustrations and writing explores the hierarchies of family, class, race, gender, belief, sexuality, and power through grounded contemporary scenes in the life of a young immigrant as they grow to understand their "place."


The illustrations in “Bari,” which means home in Bangla, employ centuries old storytelling devices once used to regale the court with tales of the most powerful among them. But here, the pages explicitly lay out the kind of stories that have always been encouraged to stay private, realities to be glossed over at best. For many immigrant artists, their work is a tribute extolling their cultural and familial roots. This instead explores what it is to be untethered to the standard ties of family and community as well as the cultural attitudes that led to this break.


This exhibition is sponsored by the Queens Arts Fund and Flushing Town Hall. Event will include an informal talk led by Brown Girl and Bangladeshi street food from Jhal NYC as well as the usual free wine one would expect at an art exhibition. Join us as we laugh/eat through the pain.

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