Raised in a Christian home in the Muslim state of Pakistan, Annadora Khan was a teenage immigrant to middle America in the late sixties and now resides in Iowa City, Iowa.

Khan photographs friends and co-workers in the familiar environment of her home and garden using ordinary props and settings that appear again and again in her images. A wicker chair, a flower, a door - she transports these recognizable motifs into a dreamlike, sometimes uneasy world. The works harken back to the old surrealist adage (from the Comte de Lautreamont) about the chance meeting of the sewing machine and the umbrella upon the dissecting table. Her elements mesh but only just enough to upset our expectations and rekindle a sense of wonder.

Annadora Khan's website

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