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Sikhs: An American Portrait by Fiona Aboud

This weekend, thousands will attend memorials to the victims of the hate crime that befell the Sikh population of Milwaukee. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Sikhs have been the target of extremist aggression – the first hate crime to occur in the wake of 9/11 was the murder of a Sikh gas station owner.

Fiona Aboud has followed the lives of Sikh families throughout America, to challenge both the prejudicial misconceptions about the community, as well as conventional notions of what it means to be an American.

By showing American Sikhs in their everyday American environments it is a visual metaphor for Americans to start to see Sikhs as American and not as an “other.”

Aboud’s work with the Sikh community is ongoing, and the project was displayed at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, in 2009.

To see more from this series, Sikhs: An American Portrait visit fionaaboud.com.

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