In Conversation: Anahita Norouzi, Amin Alsaden, Mandy Merzaban, and Amrita Dhallu
Thursday, October 20 | 6 pm
Free | Online (Zoom) | To register, click here
What relationships tie diasporic communities to the plants and geographies back home? How are the multifaceted identities of migrants formed after displacement? What role do objects, cuisine, and memories play in constructing a sense of belonging to new, possibly hostile, environments? How have botanical explorations and research contributed to othering non-Western cultures through scientific methods and classifications, and how does that mirror constructions of self and “other” in contemporary Western societies, often translating into xenophobic and exclusionary politics targeting racialized communities?
In conjunction with the exhibition Planting Displacement, this panel discussion brings together cultural producers who explore the impacts of colonialism on the planet’s ecology, and who contemplate the agency that art and artists can claim in revealing, resisting, and possibly ameliorating those violent histories. On Tuesday, October 20, join Canada-based artist Anahita Norouzi and guest curator Amin Alsaden for a cross-Atlantic online conversation with artist and writer Mandy Merzaban and curator Amrita Dhallu, both practicing in London, UK.