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Navine G. Khan-Dossos, The Spies Are Intercepted, 2016, gouache on panel, 13 3/4 × 9 7/8". From the thirty-six-part suite Remaining and Expanding, 2016.

Navine G. Khan-Dossos

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Navine G. Khan-Dossos, The Spies Are Intercepted, 2016, gouache on panel, 13 3/4 × 9 7/8". From the thirty-six-part suite Remaining and Expanding, 2016.

“Soft power,” or the co-opting of personal desire through cultural persuasion, is a tactic employed by governments, terrorist organizations, and trolls alike. One could take ISIS and its media machine as a case in point, which is what Athens-based British artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos did through her exhibition “Command: Print.” Its centerpiece was Remaining and Expanding, 2016, a suite of thirty-six gouache-on-panel paintings sourced from the fifth issue (November 2014) of Dabiq, the online propaganda magazine of ISIS. Khan-Dossos reproduced pages from the issue and mounted the results together as an editorial board might mock up a draft issue to check layout and pacing; however, the artist redacted all imagery and text by rendering each block into a mélange of abstract color fields featuring differing bars, bands, and circles. Khan-Dossos titled each of the abstract panels with

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