In this work, a traditional Afghan wool rug is cut, spliced, rearranged and merged with a US-made synthetic area rug. By crossing two rugs and trading their material in a one-to-one ratio, the artist is taking inspiration from the concept of genetic recombination, a process where DNA is swapped. Asif Mian deconstructs South Asian craft traditions and reinvigorates 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.