Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Baseera Khan shines as an exploration of personal history, current events, spirituality and consumerism

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 10:09 AM

click to enlarge Braidrage: A Performance by Baseera Khan, May 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org.
  • Braidrage: A Performance by Baseera Khan, May 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org.
Baseera Khan’s current exhibition at the Fine Arts Center, iamuslima, shines as an exploration of not only the artist’s personal history, but current events, spirituality and consumerism. Central to this show: a rock-climbing wall with holds made from resin casts of parts of Khan’s own body. These holds have been dyed brown and black, and embedded with objects of cultural significance, to represent colonized women of color and the concept of internalized trauma. In addition to the wall itself, a 13-foot braid of human and synthetic hair falls from the ceiling like a climbing rope — a commentary on the wig industry, wherein the commodification of Indian women’s hair is a rampant problem. The piece is powerful on its own, but Khan will activate the installation at a performance on May 11, scaling the wall. The Fine Arts Center says: “The endurance and movements performed to climb the fragments of her body in Braidrage reflect the constant maneuvering required to overcome the embodied experiences of trauma.” Reservations are required to see the performance, so make sure you sign up fast.

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