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COMMUNITY

On the Relationship between Form & Resistance

The second panel from our event on 30th March 2024, "Solidarity: Beyond the Disaster-Verse," at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, New York, which marked the close of Volume 2 Issue 1 of SAAG.


Here, Iman Iftikhar, Sharmin Hossain, Maira Khwaja, Kalpana Raina, and Suneil Sanzigir discuss how the varied forms of storytelling they use inform and are informed by their politics, resistance, and solidarity and how they feel it is most useful. This panel picks up from where Panel 1, "What do we mean when we talk about Solidarity?" ends.


What follows is a discussion of form & storytelling with:

  • Iman Iftikhar, a researcher, educator, co-founder and manager of Kitab Ghar, an Associate Editor at SAAG, and an editor at Folio Books.

  • Maira Khwaja, a journalist, multimedia producer, and researcher at the Invisible Institute. She is also an Associate Producer of We Grown Now dir. Minhal Baig, April 2024, Stage 6 Films & Sony Pictures Classics.

  • Kalpana Raina, a co-translator of For Now, It is Night: Stories by Hari Krishna Kaul (Archipelago Books, February 2024)

  • Sharmin Hossain, an abolitionist organizer, artist, and the Organizing Director at 18 Million Rising that organizes Asian Americans.

  • Suneil Sanzgiri, a filmmaker, researcher, artist, whose first solo exhibition, Here the Earth Grows Gold, opened at the Brooklyn Museum in October 2023.



Photographs courtesy of Josh Steinbauer.



SOLIDARITY: BEYOND THE DISASTER-VERSE


SOLIDARITY: BEYOND THE DISASTER-VERSE

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Panel 2 of the event "Solidarity: Beyond the Disaster-Verse" held on 30th March 2024.

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Language
Solidarity
Films
Film-Making
Capital
Investigative Journalism
Criminal Justice
Abolitionism
Solidarity: Across the Disaster-Verse
Prisons
Police
Personal History
The Petty Self
Kashmiri Struggle
Translation
India
Anti-Colonialism
Two Refusals
Goa
Hybrid
Multimedia
Sham-e-Ali Nayeem
Portuguese Nationalism
Afro-Asianism
Bandung Conference
Angola
Mozambique
Sita Valles
Portuguese Communist Party
Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola
Angolan Liberation
Youth/Police Project
Act of Listening
Stop and Frisk

Iman Iftikhar is a student historian, artist and educator. Currently she manages Kitab Ghar and is an editor for Folio Books. She is based in New Haven and Lahore.

SHARMIN HOSSAIN is a Bangladeshi-American queer Muslim organizer and artist, from Queens, New York. She is the Organizing Director at 18 Million Rising, building national Asian American political power that contributes to movements for racial justice, abolition, anti-militarism, and democracy through political education, and deep base building. She was the Campaign Director of the Liberate Abortion Campaign, managing the coalition of more than 150 reproductive justice and rights organizations, groups, and abortion providers fighting for abortion access.

KALPANA RAINA is a senior executive with extensive financial and management experience in the US and internationally. She serves on the boards of Information Services Group, and Words Without Borders. Her collaborative translation project of stories from the Kashmiri language, For Now, It Is Night, was published in Winter 2023 by Harper Collins in India and Spring 2024 by Archipelago Press in the United States.

MAIRA KHWAJA is an educator and multimedia producer. She is the director of public strategy at the Invisible Institute. Her work centers on the Youth / Police Project, where she works with young people most affected by policing in the South Side to shape new discussions and efforts around public safety. She was a 2021 Leaders for a New Chicago award winner. She worked as an associate producer on We Grown Now (dir. Minhal Baig), a film about children in now-demolished high-rise public housing. Her work has been published in the South Side Weekly, The Funambulist, and The New York Times.

SUNEIL SANZGIRI is an artist, researcher, and filmmaker. Spanning experimental video and film, animations, essays, and installations, his work contends with questions of identity, heritage, culture, and diaspora in relation to structural violence and anticolonial struggles across the Global South. His first institutional solo exhibition Here the Earth Grows Gold opened at the Brooklyn Museum in October 2023. His films have circulated at film festivals and institutions globally, including at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Criterion Collection, among others.

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Language

JOSH STEINBAUER is an award-winning filmmaker, musical composer, and visual artist. His work has been shown in Heaven, Third Ward, No Moon, Gen Art, H. Lewis galleries, Harvard Art Museum and American Folk Art Museum, and published in Nowhere Magazine, Terrain, The Offing, Moving Poems, Scroll.in, BrooklynOnDemand, and the Times of India, amongst others. Some of his portrait drawings are currently exhibited at the Long Island City Artists' (LIC-A) newest show Drawing Beyond the Surface, curated by Jorge Posada.

IMAN IFTIKHAR

· SHARMIN HOSSAIN

· KALPANA RAINA

· MAIRA KHWAJA

· SUNEIL SANZGIRI

"When I say that language has failed us, I mean that there is no amount of information you can give a society that necessarily means it will be compelled to act."

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