Working at the intersection of the historical and the contemporary, Asif Mian employs conventional means to create an altogether original, captivating form. FALSE FLAG is proud to present Mian’s ‘Refusing to Give Up the Ghost’ to the public for the very first time at ALAC 2019.
From the uncanny interweaving of his ‘event sculptures’, to the subtle horror of his thermal video installations, Asif Mian pursues a singularly diverse, fearless practice. Working at the intersection of the historical and the contemporary, Asif Mian employs conventional means to create an altogether original, captivating form.
Presented to the public for the very first time at ALAC 2019, Mian’s latest work, 'Refusing to Give Up the Ghost', explores the relationship between thought, memory, and the spectral. The piece questions the conditions in which a particular event can occur: elements specific to an exact time and place - literally embedded into the sculpture - are confined within a swath of carpet. Gaps in detail incorporated into the composition reflect, in Mian’s words, “the gentle disintegration of memory—the rupture between what happened and what is remembered.”
The son of immigrants, traditional Pakistani textile-making techniques foreground Mian’s approach. His methods are far from derivative: diverging from the context of his upbringing, Mian adopts surgical tactics. The cutting and splicing of fabric, thread, and carpet recall genetic recombination - the unravelling and exchange of material between chromosomes. Dynamic, haphazard vestiges—meticulously woven into the polyester fibers of a common area rug—appear to naturally coalesce. At once spontaneous and specific, the piece ‘records’ an event through radically inventive processes, eluding facile reduction.