Exhibition - Asif Mian: RAF: Prosthetic Location

Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 at 12:00pm

Queens Museum of Art
New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

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Asif Mian explores how ritual, behavior, and memory can impact both an act of violence and its perception through drawing, sculpture, video, and performance. Mian’s sculptures invite viewers to move through a web of fragmented facts and fictions. The exhibition’s narrative surrounds a single event not as a static occurrence, but a continuum of interpretations, reenactments, and reverberations. In this work references to formal investigation processes come together to introduce the possibility of healing in the aftermath of violence.

Prosthetic Location is an expansion of Mian’s ongoing multi-chapter project, RAF, which takes eyewitness reports and evidence from an unsolved trauma in the artist’s own life as a point of departure. The exhibition uses the format of a behavioral science case study to imagine a profile of the unidentified suspect, named RAF: his appearance, behaviors, clothing, bedroom, and lifestyle. Mian presents RAF as a “living ghost” who exists in the gaps of witness testimony, while artworks fill-in and augment the character description through the lens of autobiography, forensics, science fiction, teenage psychology, genetics, and tropes of masculinity. 

In Prosthetic Location, everyday materials demonstrate varied states of transformation: Xerox eyewitness reports seep into silk; Pakistani heritage rugs are spliced together with American carpeting to create a new folklore in pattern; plaid shirts stiffen into shell-like armor; chrome car parts and weight lifting equipment become mirror-mirages; and a humming vibration animates the stage for a spiritual meditation. 

Asif Mian (b. ​Jersey City, NJ), earned an MFA from Columbia University (2018) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018). Mian holds a B.A. in Studio Art & B.S. in Biology (Genetics) from Drew University. Select solo exhibitions include RAF’s Red Plaid, CRUSH Curatorial, New York, NY (2019) and Asif Mian: Everyday/Chiasma, Fjord Gallery, Philadelphia (2019). Select group exhibitions include Queens International 2018: Volumes, Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2018); Always, Already, Haunting, “disss-co,” Haunt, curated by the Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney’s Independent Study Program (ISP), The Kitchen, New York, NY (2019); The Shed: Open Call, The Shed, New York, NY (2019); and Beyond Geographies at BRIC, Brooklyn, NY (2019). 

This exhibition is organized by Lindsey Berfond, Assistant Curator.

Exhibition Date: March 24, 2021 - July 25, 2021 

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