winter edition

Interventions by guest curator Amin Alsaden

Ingesting Home by Jude Abu Zaineh

5:00 - 6:30 pm | Studio

In this intervention, Jude Abu Zaineh explores the soft power of food, especially for diasporic communities with a precarious connection to ancestral homelands. Comprising a performance, screening, and dinner gathering hosted by the artist, Ingesting Home convenes guests around Palestinian food, poetry, and folk stories. A strong sense of community is often formed around meals in Palestine and the Arab world, while hunger strikes are routinely used as potent forms of protest. Food is also a great equalizer, transcending social divides and national borders, providing a taste of home even when home might be inaccessible. The intervention offers a moment of reflection around a dinner table, on the meanings of food here and there, and its potential as a site of learning, exchange, and growth.

Registration is required to participate in Ingesting Home. Register here.

Bathed in that twilight gold by Kosisochukwu Nnebe

5:00 pm - 12:00 am (performance at 7:45 pm) | Courtroom

This performance plays on the perceptual, emotive, and oneiric properties of light. Kosisochukwu Nnebe interjects into an existing space through simple, yet carefully choreographed gestures: the presence of her body, in dialogue with a monochromatic lightbulb. But the effect is transformative, from immersing visitors in the intimacy of the artist’s actions, to bathing the space and everyone who enters it in a warm, yellow light. The artist’s intervention is partly informed by Audre Lorde’s conceptualization of the erotic, seen not through the restricted lens of sexual desire, but as a way of feeling deeply and intimately, a portal into an ever emergent and internalized sense of power, one of knowing and feeling, which can be experienced in isolation and also in the company of others. Just like an amber twilight, with its soft and yet intense light emanating from the sky, marking the beginning or end of another day, the golden glow in the space is an invitation to engage more acutely with the senses—to see, move, and experience things differently, to cross over an unknown threshold.

Mutant Histories by Pansee Atta (with Nadah El Shazly)

8:15 pm | Alma Duncan

In this collaboration, Pansee Atta and Nadah El Shazly present a joint-performance that catalyzes shared interests across their artistic practices. Specifically, while employing new media and experimental methodologies, both artists examine the history of their familial homeland, Egypt, invigorating the past through layered processes of reclamation, remixing, and reimagination. Taking a deep dive into collections and archives that purport to capture the history of Egypt and its cultures, Atta’s work explores how otherized bodies have been instrumentalized over time, and uses animations to morph art objects and museological artefacts into unrecognizable new forms, thus asking how existing modes of representation and classification reflect problematic colonial legacies. Using field recordings, instruments, and voices, El Shazly’s work excavates nineteenth century popular Egyptian music, reinventing familiar or obscured melodies by creating dynamic compositions that raise questions about contemporary perceptions of time. By aligning their practices in this collaboration, the artists challenge the uses and abuses of history, and present original, enigmatic, and mutant forms that propel cultural traditions into captivating future visions.

Black and white photo ofAmin Alsadenstanding in front of a black background wearing a white button up shirt and a grey suit jacket. Amin has a slight smile.
Photo credit: Gary Franks

Amin Alsaden is a curator, scholar, and educator whose work focuses on transnational exchanges of ideas and expertise across cultural boundaries. His curatorial practice is committed to advancing social justice through the arts, and to the dissemination of inclusive narratives that expand existing canons and challenge hegemonic knowledge and power structures. He is particularly interested in how artists and architects ponder collective experiences in the public realm, level political and institutional critique, and envision novel spatial responses to questions of displacement, exile, and belonging. His research explores modern and contemporary art and architecture in the Global South, and often involves documenting endangered heritage and examining how precarious archives and scarce resources shape lopsided global narratives. He teaches at several institutions, and has published and lectured widely.