Experience the Power of Tanzila Ahmed’s “Aunties with a Deadly Stare” Artwork Series at LA Artcore

Experience the Power of Tanzila Ahmed’s “Aunties with a Deadly Stare” Artwork Series at LA Artcore

Award-winning artist and activist Tanzila Ahmed will present her artwork series “Aunties with a Deadly Stare” at LA Artcore from July 8 to July 14. The opening will be DJed by South Asian duo SIMA & SIDU, and the closing on July 14 will feature an Auntie Talent Show with a Chai Off competition.

“Aunties with A Deadly Stare” was inspired by a story Ahmed heard in 2016 where two Muslim women were kicked off an airplane because the stewardesses were scared by how they stared at them. In Ahmed’s description of the work, she describes their stares as “powerful enough to be a terrorist threat.” 

Ahmed also stated that the piece uses “South Asian paper ephemera collaged in the background — pages of Urdu text of a Sufi saint. The elongated eyes are a call back to Bangladeshi story scrolls used in the villages to tell narratives and the white painted bindis as seen on Bengali brides signify peace and tranquility — but we all know that Aunties are only superficially peaceful. There is nothing passive about a fierce Auntie gaze. The eyes are painted with liquid black eyeliner.”

Tanzila Ahmed is also the former co-host of the “#GoodMuslimBadMuslim” podcast. In 2016, she was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling by president Obama.

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