Using an interdisciplinary lens, the exhibit explores the heterogeneity in the contours of brown narratives among South Asians in the Midwest. Although there is an emerging interest in the social construction of brownness on its own terms, most of such explorations are situated either in the East or West Coast. Rarely have the narratives of brownness in the Midwest been explored. The Midwest, particularly Ann Arbor and the greater Detroit area, has a sizable population of South Asians who work in a variety of blue collar to professional jobs that range from motel cleaners to doctors.
This exhibit was curated by Ram Mahalingam, Osman Khan, and Aswin Punathamebkar.