Lux will showcase the work of Muhammad Z. Zaman, a Buffalo-based, urban artist, specializing in calligraphy. Using language and text as cultural signifier, Zaman layers English, Bengali, and Arabic into richly-textured canvases. As a young Muslim man who immigrated to the United States in 2003 and became a citizen in 2010, Zaman uses the languages that make up his identity: English for his current home, Bengali as the language of his fatherland, and Arabic as the language of his religion. His canvas paintings and wall murals layer powerful messages onto seemingly borderless fields in order to inspire people to learn from each other in harmony and mutual understanding. Zaman was selected as the annual Open Buffalo Emerging Artist for 2018; an initiative designed to promote social and economic justice through the promotion of underrepresented artists and audiences. During the exhibition, Zaman will work with People’s Park Summer Art Camp participants and park visitors to design and create a mural series that illustrates what the park site means to the community. The park is outside of TriMain Center and within walking distance of Buffalo Arts Studio. Currently, the park hosts children’s reading, arts, and science programs, an amphitheater used for small concerns and social events, and raised and open garden beds for growing vegetables and flowers. Inspired by visitor responses, Zaman will create a mural on three 48 x 90 panels that will be unveiled at the park later that month.
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Instagram: @zaman_artJune 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Muhammad Z. Zaman: Lux, July 27 – September 7, 2018