Pushing the boundaries of gender norms: IMRC Center Artist in Residence Ali Asgar to give presentation as a part of Tuesdays at the IMRC

Orono ­­— On Tuesday, January 31st, performance artist and IMRC Center Artist in Residence Ali Asgar, will present their work as a part of Tuesdays at the IMRC, a spring visiting artist lecture series.

Multidisciplinary visual and performance artist Ali Asgar arrived at the University of Maine by way of Bangladesh in summer 2016 and will be in residence with the Intermedia MFA program for the academic year. Ali identifies as queer and produces work that explores gender minorities and queer identity. Through performance and visual narratives Ali aims to push the boundaries of gender norms and create a space for discussion surrounding these topics. Ali is an Artist Protection Fund Fellow, with a program that provides lifesaving grants and fellowships allowing threatened artists to safety continue their work in host universities and art centers around the world.

“My work doesn’t only talk about my struggle and journey as a Bangladeshi LBGTQ community member,” states Ali, “but it also reflects upon the lives of the sexual minority community in Bangladesh.” Ali’s work surrounding gender, sexuality, and social taboos arises from their personal struggle with the conservative Bangladeshi attitude towards members of LGBTQ communities. In their work, they use their own body and self-imagery as a rudimentary element to walk the line between reality and the artifice of self-analysis. To learn more about Ali and their work, please visit www.aliasgarart.com.

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This and all series presentations will take place at the IMRC Center at the University of Maine at 7pm, and are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of lectures, please visit www.intermediamfa.org/lectures2017

This series is made possible through the generous support of: The UMaine Cultural/Affairs Distinguished Lectures Fund, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The VIA Agency, Correll Professorship in New Media, and the UMaine Intermedia and New Media Departments.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]