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I am sure, Circumsure – Arsalan Isa

4th - 19th November 2023

Opening event: 3rd Nov, 6-8pm.

Metroland Studios
91 Kilburn Square,

Free to attend.

Open to visitors on Tues, Thurs & Friday - 10-6pm.

The gallery has step-free access and wheelchair accessible toilets.

Private View

A personal show from Arsalan Isa about the titillating world of phallic circumcision. With 80s love songs, velcro, Frank Ocean and DIY kits.

A man in front of the bathroom sink looks at himself in a hand mirror. His face reflects back, distorted.

About the exhibition

For one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world, circumcision holds an array of meanings. By gesturing towards the surface tension of the material velcro and the point of incision, Isa works through his own cuts and personal memories, searching for what it means to stick together.

The Private View will take place on 3rd Nov with a performance by Krystyna&Sabina.

Please note: While this is not exactly explicit content, we do suggest attendance at the show is Parental Advisory.

about arsalan isa

Arsalan Isa is a writer and artist. He creates by playing, through friendship, in frivolity, and towards camp resistance. In 2022, he founded the theory of Dissociative Realism, published by NERO Press, performed at Studio Voltaire, Asia Forum Venice Biennale. He works in editorial at HarperCollins, London.

Recent pamphlets, zines and comics include: Who’s a Big Boy?Fish Frybill daggs will you write me a mixtapeShabaan: The BardThe Haunting of HenryGTA: Karachi EditionHey it’s BritneyRearview MirrorConfessions of a Danceaholic, and Desi Chicken.

I am sure, Circumsure is his first solo exhibition. 

Arsalan is a man of Pakistani heritage with wire framed glasses and dark hair.

Find out more

Arsalan Isa website

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