Remote Materialization

September 2018 ~ Curator Laura U. Marks

Works by Navine

The Islamic State appropriated the Black Banner, a flag associated for 1200 years with Sunni Islam, and converted it to an irritatingly basic flag, simply the word Allah in white on black, as though this fundamentalist aesthetics could suck legitimacy away from other Sunni powers. In her series The Black Standard (2016), Navine G. Khan-Dossos (UK, Greece) re-appropriates the ISIS flag, making it the lightly encrypted basis of works that draw on its composition, use of black and white, and historical associations. Wittily, Khan-Dossos redeploys the flag as a calibration target for each painting, reducing the fearsome symbol to a tool for establishing the standard of black and white values.

Two works in the Black Standard series (2016)

Navine Khan-Dossos

About the Artist

Navine

Navine G. Khan-Dossos (b. 1982, London) is a visual artist working between London and Athens. Her interests include Orientalism in the digital realm, geometry as information and decoration, image calibration, and Aniconism in contemporary culture. She has developed a form of geometric abstraction that merges the traditional Aniconism of Islamic art with the algorithmic nature of the interconnected world we live in. This is not the formal abstraction we understand from the western history of art,…

About the Exhibition

Remote Materialization

September 2018 ~ Curator Laura U. Marks