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Visiting Thahab at Industry Lab
May 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Nabeela Vega’s “Visiting Thahab” explores the identity of a Muslim American femme in the post 9/11 diaspora. An image of this body, shrouded in a garment of gold, a color that inspires ideas of power and capitalism, will be iterated in the space. The garment, its symbolism and the figure’s mimetic movements all isolate the body to create tension between her and her surroundings, raising the urgent question of what assimilation entails given the current political climate and the rise of Islamophobia in the United States. Past iterations of “Visiting Thahab” have been performed for Illuminus Festival, TEDxSomerville, Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival, GLITCH Festival and Queer, Rage, Magic, Terror.
This pop-up gallery will be on display at Industry Lab and may be visited by appointment during ArtWeek, Monday May 1 to Thursday May 4. Special for ArtWeek, join us for a screening of Visiting Thahab and artist talk back with Nabeela Vega on Thursday, May 4th.