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Tracing Obsolescence
Public Program - NYC
Art-Making Workshop with Tahir Karmali

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC (Meeting point will be shared with RSVP)

Tahir Karmali opens his studio to demonstrate and explain the techniques of his practice, and leads a workshop in which participants try out the approaches to create their own work of art.

This event is free and open to the public with a limited capacity. RSVP is required.

Karmali asks which materials are allowed to become art and how specific materials can expose a story of contemporary identities. In the recent series “PAPER:work,” he used papermaking to examine questions of nationality, authenticity, documentation, and borders; and in the ongoing body of work “STRATA,” he dissects neo-colonial attitudes to raw material extraction in Africa by dismantling discarded cell phone batteries to extract cobalt and lithium for dye-making.



Tahir Karmali is a visual artist born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and based in Brooklyn, NY. In his work, he is interested in relating narrative to concept, concept to material, and material to process. His practice developed from an interest in contemporary identities as shaped by economic, geopolitical, and social systems. Drawing from contemporary issues surrounding the shifting global economy, Karmali explores narratives and concepts inspired by affected communities. His work combines digital photography, photocopying, collage, textile, sculpture, and papermaking to create objects that unfold these subjects.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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