Exhibition Detail

Halal Metropolis

Halal Metropolis

May 31, 2021 – July 16, 2021

The Halal Metropolis exhibition, by artist Osman Khan, photographer Razi Jafri, and historian Sally Howell, explores the facts, fictions, and imaginaries of the Muslim population(s) in Detroit and Southeast Michigan as viewed through historical research, documentation of current conditions, and explorations of future desires. The Halal Metropolis alludes to the established and growing Muslim population in Detroit and its 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 blends archival materials, social and political artifacts, photography, and art to explore the congruent and contradicting ideas, aesthetics, and cultures working to make the halal metropolis both a real and imaginary entity.

Featuring works by:

  • Salam Al-Qalawi
  • Amna Asghar
  • Qais Assali
  • B Mama
  • Nour Ballout
  • Adnan Charara
  • Kecia Escoe
  • Parisa Ghaderi
  • Anthony Keith Giannini
  • Razi Jafri
  • Osman Khan
  • Maamoul Press
  • Endi Poskovic
  • Haleem Rasool
  • Reem Taki

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Arab American Studies (CAAS), with support from the Knight Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Community Foundation of SE Michigan, the Michigan Humanities Council, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.

Photo by Catherine Sareini.

Exhibition Venues

Stamps Gallery
Stamps Gallery is currently only open to University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students with valid M-Cards on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-7 pm. All visitors must have a valid M-Card to enter Stamps Gallery. We are unable to welcome the general public to this space at this time.
201 S. Division Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104 (between Liberty St. and Washington St. in downtown Ann Arbor)