Series of 9 images
Long exposure digital photography
8 x 10 in
Before We Were Banned is a series of events subverting the Muslim Ban 1.0 by cultivating a platform for creatives of the seven countries on the list (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) to draw their own picture and write their own narrative. Curated by Brooklyn-based Iranian curatorial duo Kiana Pirouz and Mahya Soltani, Before We Were Banned first and foremost celebrates the arts and culture of these communities and in due course aims to repudiate the antagonistic image portrayed of these nations.