Distant Attachments: Unsettling Contemporary Afghan Diasporic Art

Thursday, October 15 – Saturday, October 17, 2015  at City Lore Gallery in the Lower East Side, NY

Distant Attachments: Unsettling Contemporary Afghan Diasporic Art is a three-day series of literary, visual, and performance art responding to the different relationships, connections, detachments, and dispositions one can have to “the homeland” in one’s creative work. The program is designed to critically engage with the question of what kinds of expectations and creative freedom does being called upon as a member of a diaspora place on artists, writers, and intellectuals. Distant Attachments will offer the public a glimpse of artistic productions from within the Afghan diaspora in North America that unsettle the meaning of homeland, and how the condition of diaspora both opens and forecloses the political potential of art.

Still shot from Gazelle Samizay’s video RavelWorks include poetry and prose readings, musical performance, video art, painting, graphics, and fashion by several artists, including Fazila Amiri, Hangama Amiri, Seelai Karzai, Yusuf Misdaq, Leila Christine Nadir, Laimah Osman, Mahnaz Rezaie, Gazelle Samizay, Madina Tabesh, Aisha Wahab, and Morwari Zafar.

Distant Attachments is a program of the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association and made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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