Illegible: A Exhibit by Muhammad Zaman

The “Illegible” project consists of a series of works in acrylic and mixed media on canvas and paper. The mix of languages that the artist uses – three different languages that make up his identity: English since he’s an American citizen, Bengali as the language of his fatherland, and Arabic which is the language of the religion he belongs to – and the further artistic elaboration of the composition involves the juxtaposition of different layers of color and words, that will make the work illegible. The curiosity in decoding a message supports the importance of mutual respect despite the impossibility of communicating or understanding each other.


The themes dear to the artist, and much discussed in our day, have to do with immigration, cultural differences and mutual respect, and peaceful coexistence. The “Illegible” series is a dance between language and communicability. The titles of the works create a path of meaning that everyone can break down and rebuild, or follow as presented by the artist.


Western New York Book Arts Center
468 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

September 29, 2022
Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Thurs & Fri: 11-5pm, Sat: 10-2pm