In May-June 2017, I will have the honour of participating in #BLM @ 12G Masterminding Our Ordered Rage. I will be participating in my capacity as an artist living in “Canada,” more specifically Tio’tia:ke (“Montreal”). My visual art piece, entitled “Honouring Fierce Resistance,” is inspired by Afua Cooper’s The Hanging Of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal. I am grateful for Afua Cooper’s support of my piece. The excerpt below is from the 12G website, which you can visit by clicking here.
To acknowledge, affirm and support “the critical role that Black lives and struggles for Black liberation have played in inspiring and anchoring, through practice and theory, social movements for the liberation of all people” as expressed by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Twelve Gates Arts — a Philadelphia-based South Asian arts nonprofit — will host performances and an art exhibition by South Asian/American or Desi and Black artists paired in groups across multiple disciplines a result of a series of moderated workshops.
Inspired by Yolanda Wisher’s poem “From Imhotep’s Kundalini”, the artists participating in this Art Intervention will explore from diverse angles and mediums the devastating American landscape strewn with the detritus of Black lives. It is this same landscape of systematic yet coolly indifferent state violence against Black people that generations of South Asian Americans also call home, immigrant and non-immigrant. #BLM@12G hopes to unflinchingly explore the concrete differences in “context, experience and oppression” in the various Black and Desi lives at stake by examining the ways in which we collectively participate in [anti-Black racism], even unintentionally” and by exploring the interplay between #BLM and other social justice movements in the South Asian context.
Opening night will be held on May 5th at Twelve Gates Arts, 106 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA.