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Sadia Rehman
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: At the heart of my practice is obsessive study, collection, copy, cut and reassembly of images—from newspapers, the internet, photographs and artworks. The repeated actions of examining images, printing images, cutting lines and aspects out of the images, Xeroxing and re-sizing images, creating hand-cut stencils and collaging create my performance, video, installation and large-scale wall drawings. My archive of images includes my family photographs from the 1960s to now, mass media images from U.S. news outlets, and Western art historical sources. As I add to the archive every week, I reexamine it to make old and new connections.
The images in my archive depict Muslims and other people of color. The archive becomes an index of the images that construct our raced and gendered vocabulary of us and them. I wonder how these images are absorbed, how they can be erased, and whether they can be transformed. By dismantling, layering and reassembling these images into various configurations, I bring attention to and raise questions about barriers, walls and borders.
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  • Allegiance to the Flag on picture day
    2018
    canvas, charcoal fiberglass screen, velvet, carbon paper, oil pastel, chalkboard paint, white pencil and ink
    200 x 150 inches

  • Bricks
    2017
    charcoal, carbon paper, vellum, ink, photo, spray paint, Xerox and map pins
    121 x 180 inches

  • Bul Bul ka Bacha, A Rhyme
    2016
    graphite, black spray paint and ink on paper
    96 x 110 inches

  • Circumambulation
    2015
    Charcoal on two L-shaped movable walls
    96 x 96 x 96 inches

  • Circumambulation
    2015
    Charcoal on two L-shaped movable walls
    96 x 96 x 96 inches

  • ​Rupture
    2018
    charcoal, carbon pigment, graphite, spray paint, ink on watercolor paper
    95 x 42 inches each

  • Family
    2017
    powdered charcoal on newsprint
    96 x 210 inches

  • This is My Family
    2017
    powdered, compressed and vine charcoals, graphite, drawing paper, inked tracing paper, cotton t-shirts, black artist tape, on wall
    2 walls: 196 x 101 and 209 x 124 inches
 








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