On Friday, January 15th (10 am-12 pm PST), the Center for the Middle East and North Africa (CMENA) and the Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) at UC Santa Cruz will host artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Kareem Khubchandani for the first of two collaborative events on the theme "Migrant Futures: South Asia and the Middle East." This Friday's even is entitled "Sound into Form." We'd love for you to join us. To register: https://thi.ucsc.edu/event/migrant-futures-south-asia-and-the-middle-east-i-sound-into-form/
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a "Private Ear," who engages the intersection of sound and politics, an interest that dates to his experiences as a touring musician and facilitator of DIY music. He earned his PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London where he worked closely with Forensic Architecture, which investigates human rights violations by states, corporations, the police and the military. The audio investigations that he produces have been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organizations that include Amnesty International and Defence for Children International. Abu Hamdan has exhibited his work at the 58th Venice Biennale, the 11th Gwanju Biennale and the 13th and 14th Sharjah Biennial, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Tate Modern Tanks, Chisenhale Gallery, Hammer Museum L.A, Portikus Frankfurt, The Showroom, London and Casco, Utrecht. His works are part of collections at MoMA, Guggenheim, Van AbbeMuseum, Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern. His work has been awarded the 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award, the 2016 Nam June Paik Award for new media and in 2017 his film Rubber Coated Steel won the Tiger short film award at the Rotterdam International Film festival. In 2019, he was a recipient of the Turner Prize. For more information on Abu Hamdan's work: http://lawrenceabuhamdan.com.
Kareem Khubchandani is the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama and Dance and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife (University of Michigan Press, 2020). He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and previously served as the inaugural Embrey Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Kareem received the 2019 CLAGS Fellowship Award for the Ishtyle manuscript, and the 2017 Dance Studies Association Gertrude Lippincott Award for his essay "Snakes on the Dance Floor." Importantly, Kareem is also a performance artist, working in drag, storytelling, body art, theater, and digital media. His videos have been screened at the Mississauga South Asian Film Festival, Austin OUTsider multi-arts festival, Hyderabad Queer Film Festival, and San Francisco 3rd i film festival. As his alter ego LaWhore Vagistan, he has performed at the Austin International Drag Festival, Mustard Seed South Asian Film Festival (Philadelphia), The Asia Society (NYC), AS220 (Providence) Queens Museum, Jack Theater (Brooklyn), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Not Festival (Riverside), Links Hall (Chicago), and A.R.T. Oberon (Cambridge).
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions and feel free to forward this invitation widely.
All the best,
Founding Director, Center for the Middle East and North Africa (CMENA) at UC Santa Cruz