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Somali American Artists Create a Space All Their Own

Numinous Anomalies: Somali Visual Art in Minnesota

Somali artists bring new work to life in former Catholic school

The new exhibition at Darul Uloom (which means “House of Knowledge” in Arabic), Anomalous Expansion, reveals varying expressions of a Somali American identity through video, performance art, installation, painting, and photography. The Center allowed six Somali artists — Mumin, Kaamil Haider, Abdi Roble, Aziz Osman, Ifrah Mansour, and Mohamed Hersi — to install artwork in any part of the derelict Catholic school...read more here

In the catalog that accompanies the exhibition, Mumin emphasizes the goals of normalizing "the possibility of a career in the visual arts for Somali youth," offering role models, supporting policies that will advance and support Somali visual arts, and creating opportunities for Somali artists to show their work. Community, then, plays a central role in the conceptual framing of Anomalous Expansion...read more here

The name of the exhibition, "Anomalous Expansion," is a reminder to the artists never to get too comfortable, Haider said, and to challenge themselves to grow in new ways. Coming together to mount their own exhibition was just such a challenge. He hopes young Somalis who attend the show will be inspired to make their own art, and will recognize that they have mentors in the community...read more here

by Sheila Dickinson

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