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Halal Metropolis


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Halal Metropolis explores the facts, fictions, and the imaginaries of the Muslim population(s) in Detroit and Southeast Michigan as viewed through historical/ archival research, documentation of current conditions, and explorations of future desires. The Halal Metropolis alludes to the established and growing Muslim population in Detroit and the metro area, one of the largest and most diverse Muslim populations in the U.S., whose visibility is both pronounced and extremely present in the city, yet whose narrative seems unusually silent in the larger Detroit story. The exhibition moves beyond wanting to simply illustrate or document the current state of this halal metropolis intro exploring the congruent and contradicting ideas, aesthetics and cultures working to make the halal metropolis both a real and imaginary entity.

The project is organized by CAAS director Sally Howell, photographer, activist Razi Jafri, and artist and MFA Program Director at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Osman Khan.


Friday August 30th - Saturday August 31st
Sneak preview during Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Friday September 6th, 2019 from 6:00 - 9:00
Official exhibit opening night and performance

Friday September 13th, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00
Panel: Makers and Influencers

Saturday September 14th, 2019 from 2:00 - 5:00
Detroit Month of Design Event
Design Charrette: Making Muslim Spaces

Friday September 20th, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00
Panel: Muslim Cool

Thursday September 26th, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00
Panel: Hamtramck in Perspective

Earlier Event: August 28
Open Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
Later Event: September 6
Opening Night! Halal Metropolis