24 Hour Surveillance of Invisible Forces
Inspired by the vibrant colors and details of sand mandalas, this "thread drawing" starts with the separating of plaid fabrics, thread by thread. As the fabric unfurls, there is an improvised process of moving and guiding the threads to create a drawing of tracked movements, evoking time-lapsed video. Asif Mian deconstructs South Asian craft traditions, reinvigorating them with processes sourced from science, technology and video. His work explores how memory, ritual and other behaviors are impacted by violence, and how healing might be achieved in its aftermath.
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Asif Mian uses sculpture, textile, drawing and video to explore how violence impacts ritual, behavior and memory. He reinvigorates South Asian craft traditions—such as textiles, mosaics and rug making—with scientific and technological processes. Mian splices and ruptures these traditional storytelling techniques, producing a web of fragmented facts and fictions.