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February 12 – May 29, 2022

Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s immersive installations upend traditional ideas about sculpture. Brilliantly lit from within, they cast their own images onto the walls around them like lanterns and create intricate patterns that dance over visitors as they move through the exhibition.

The works in Let a Million Flowers Bloom use floral and geometric shapes inspired by Islamic architecture to explore notions of masculine and feminine, public and private, religious and secular, and particularly space and refuge, taking on the pain of losing one's home and agency and the hope of establishing them both anew. Agha’s unforgettable art envelops viewers in an enchanting visual environment that inspires awe and invites contemplation about sanctuary and belonging. 

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“Exploring the perceived political, social and cultural polarities such as the masculine-feminine, public-private, definite-amorphous, and religious-secular permits me to delve into controversial topics that reflect upon topical themes of cultural identity, global and environmental politics, mass media and social/gender roles.”  

– Anila Agha

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Image above:

All the Flowers are for Me: Turquoise, 2017
The Harold J Miossi Art Gallery, Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
Lacquered steel and halogen bulb
60" x 60" x 60"
Photo credit: Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo CA