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HASAN ELAHI EARNS GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP FOR ONGOING ART PROJECT

By Naomi Grant

Photo courtesy of Hasan Elahi

Hasan Elahi began documenting his entire life in photos 14 years ago — long before it was normalized by social media.

But he wasn't doing it to attract Instagram followers; he did it to avoid FBI suspicion.

"When your country, your government basically accuses you of being a terrorist, that's a little off-putting," said Elahi, an art professor at the University of Maryland and the director of the Design | Cultures + Creativity program in the Honors College.

Ultimately, capturing these photos did more for Elahi — who is of Bangladeshi descent and was once under investigation by the FBI because of a mistaken tip identifying him as a terrorist — than keep him out of trouble with the government.

On April 5, Elahi received a Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards an artist can earn.

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Date of Publication: 
4/14/16