Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From
On until October 4, 2020

Explore the post-migrant experience in this art project created by a collaboration between the Museum and the Benetton Foundation.

A new partnership between the Aga Khan Museum and the Luciano Benetton Foundation’s Imago Mundi, dedicated to fostering dialogue and understanding between cultures and communities, is jointly creating a travelling exhibition entitled Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From.


Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From channels the second-generation experience in a series of diverse artistic commissions and loans exploring cross-cultural artistic realities.


The exhibition opens at Imago Mundi’s Gallerie delle Prigioni in Treviso, Italy, in November 2019, and has its North American premiere at the Aga Khan Museum in March 2020, before travelling to venues across Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.


Imago Mundi began as a collection of artworks commissioned and collected during the world travels of Luciano Benetton, one of the creators of the global fashion brand United Colors of Benetton.



  • Daniela Edburg. A Mexican artist born in Texas, she lives in San Migel del Allende, Mexico.
  • Elena El Asmar. Born in Florence, Italy, of Lebanese origins, she now lives and works in Milan.
  • eL Seed. Born to Tunisian parents in Paris, he currently lives in Dubai, UAE.
  • Erica Kaminishi. A Japanese-Brazilian artist, she lives and works between Brazil and France.
  • Farihah Aliyah Shah. Born in Edmonton of Guyanese descent, she now lives in Toronto.
  • Gui Mohallem. Sao Paulo-based, Brazilian artist with Lebanese roots.
  • Houda Terjuman. Born to a Syrian father and a Swiss mother in Morocco, she still lives in Morocco today.
  • Jeanno Gaussi. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, she lives and works in Berlin.
  • John Young (Young Zerunge). Born in Hong Kong, he moved to Australia in 1967 and lives in Melbourne.
  • Liberty Battson. Born and raised in Benoni, South Africa, to Zimbabwean parents, she still lives there.
  • Marija Nemčenko. A Lithuanian artist who grew up there before moving to the UK, she works in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Sarah Maple. Of mixed Kenyan, Punjabi, and British origins, she was born in the UK and still lives there.
  • Shinpei Takeda. Born in Osaka, Japan,  he is based between Tijuana, Mexico, and Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • Sukaina Kubba. An Iraqi-born Canadian artist, she has worked in Canada and the UK and now lives in Toronto.
  • Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. Born in New York, she grew up there, as well as in Harare, Zimbabwe, and Johannesburg, South Africa, where she currently lives.



Ansa Cultura, Oct. 10, 2019 
L'arte al tempo delle migrazioni 


Londra, Oct. 13, 2019 
"Don't ask me where I'm from": una mostra su immigrazione e inclusione 


Forbes, Nov.  29, 2019
Italian Billionaire Luciano Benetton and The Aga Khan Museum Partner to Create Cultural Dialogues


Breakfast Television Toronto, Feb.20, 2020 

Nicole LIVE at Aga Khan Museum 




Video tour of Don't Ask Me Where I'm From with Co-Curator Marianne Fenton


Meet the artists of Don't Ask Me Where I'm From


Lunchtime Talk with Don't Ask Me Where I'm From Co-Curator Marianne Fenton

Curator: Marion Eele (Imago Mundi) and Marianne Fenton (The Aga Khan Museum)


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