Bari: Know Your Place

or how I reluctantly made some art about the bad ol’ days.

Inspired by the high-horizon, miniature style paintings cultivated in Southeast Asia between 15th - 18th centuries, this exhibition of illustrations and writing by Symin Adive explores the hierarchies of family, class, race, gender, belief, sexuality, and power through grounded contemporary scenes in the life of a young immigrant as they grow to understand their "place."


Potato Crackers

Independent Thinking

The Forbidden Dance


About the Exhibition

The illustrations in “Bari,” which means home in Bangla, employ centuries old storytelling devices once used to regale the court with tales of the most powerful among them. But here, the pages explicitly lay out the kind of stories that have been encouraged to stay private, realities to be glossed over at best. For many immigrant artists, their work is a tribute extolling their roots. This instead explores what it is to be untethered to the standard ties of family and community as well as the cultural attitudes that led to this break.

About the Artist

Symin Adive is a New York City based visual artist and writer that’s interested in relationships whether it is the relationship between forms, lines, light and shadows or the relationships we have with other people: how we connect or don’t, the real moments versus the performative, and the ways in which we define and rank each other through class, race, gender, sexuality, and all around otherness. All the absurd and familiar ways in which we relate is of key importance especially if it’s hilariously sad and sadly, hilarious.

Previous Event Information

Funded by Queens Council on the Arts
Entire collection on view
at Flushing Town Hall 10.4 - 10.20

Artist Talk on Friday, October 11th
Doors 6pm, Talk 7pm

Sponsored by


Flushing Town Hall

Brown Girl