Talented Brooklyn, N.Y. artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed pieces together fragments of her shattered family's history — many of their belongings were destroyed when the family was removed from their home in 1988 — from waterlogged photos, magazine images, digital shots nabbed from social media sites, and new, original photography in No Instructions for Assembly (pictured), on display at Hartford's Real Art Ways until early October. The project creates a re-imagined family living room of sorts, where one might never have existed. Apart from the exhibit, Rasheed — by day a curator, gallery instructor and educator — will also work with Hartford youth groups. And that's pretty damn cool.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed: No Instructions for Assembly
ends Oct. 6, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, (860) 232-1006, realartways.org.