Presenting with a panel of brilliant scholars at NAEA (Virtual Conference)
NAEA conference dates: March 4-7, 2021.
Pandemic Posthumanism: Theoretical-Material Implications of a Pandemic for Art and Art Education
Brief Description: Through a deep dive into their respective research involving posthumanist theoretical approaches, panelists discuss the consequences and futures of posthuman theories during the COVID-19 pandemic for art and art education.
Detailed Description: This presentation will continue and extend the emerging understandings of posthumanist ontologies in art education as they inform approaches to art and art education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Posthumanism is inherently transdisciplinary in its reach, as its central tenets tend to be entwined with three converging paths of ethical accountability:
- practical and affirmative ways of thinking and acting that create the conditions for re-imagining and reframing the dominant image and normative ideal of the human subject;
- a reconsideration of human subjectivity in the face of climate and ecological crises, and
- the shifting concepts of ‘human’ due to technological and bio-tech advancements. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, posthumanist theories are even more relevant as we are left questioning deeply troubling ontological and epistemological issues related to the post-COVID world we inhabit, especially as they pertain to art and art education.
Visual Arts Exhibition: Collaborative work with Marcy Chevali
Curated by Grace Aneiza Ali and presented at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Jamaica, New York.
Dates: April 1, 2021 through May 15, 2021.
Encounters brings together artists whose work aims to bridge geographical, cultural, and political boundaries within South Asia and its diaspora.* The exhibition will depart from the individual artist model. Instead, Encounters will feature artist pairs—partnerships between two artists who each have strong connections or roots in the South Asian diaspora. Their collaborative work will emphasize narratives of connection and intersection, weave shared histories and experiences that may have been otherwise unknown or invisible, and envision collective futures and dreams among communities within the South Asian diaspora. In the present moment, as all forms of “distance” and “division” and “isolation” overwhelm our daily lives and our world, the exhibition will turn to a model of creative partnership, dialogue, community-building, and collaboration as social acts. The artworks featured in the exhibition will illuminate exchanges and shared bonds within the South Asian women’s diaspora—creating a space for support and an economy of care.
Work in Progress...
- new materialism/post-human/trans-human ontologies-epistemologies, entanglements, quantum entanglements (through Barad) and artmaking
- material explorations/entanglements through artmaking
- interrogations into agency and authorship through artmaking
- exploring online collaborative research/artmaking practices
- Photoshop collages
- inquiry into material/materiality through diffractive artmaking practice.
- video/sound assemblage
- animated GIFs