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EUROPE, EUROPE, EUROPE: Chant Avedissian with Sadia Shirazi

[Chant Avedissian,

It is lunchtime and I am meeting Chant Avedissian again, after an awkward initial encounter. We first met in the childhood apartment he now shares with his sister, amid cigarette butts and vertically hung scrolls in downtown Cairo. After making coffee, we began a conversation in which all my attempts to talk about Avedissian’s artwork were sidelined. We spoke, instead, about my work, interests and intentions. I was then shown around Avedissian’s room and studio, a 3x4 m. ...

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Delhicentric: Zarina’s Paper Like Skin

[Zarina,

Zarina: Paper Like Skin. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 26 June – 22 September, 2013. Zarina Hashmi has been based in New York City since the 1970s, producing a significant body of work over the decades that she stored in her densely packed home and studio in Chelsea. The majority of the work from the retrospective Zarina: Paper Like Skin came from the seventy-six-year-old artist’s modest studio. The sixty-some impeccably kept works, ranging from woodcuts to paper ...

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City, Space, Power: Lahore’s Architecture of In/Security

[Multiple layers of security barriers outside the entrance to the Governor’s House in Lahore. Photograph by Sadia Shirazi.]

Casualties of War Lahore today looks like a city at war. One of the greatest unacknowledged casualties of the United States’ “war on terror” has been the cities—and citizenry—of Pakistan. The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to oust the Taliban from power in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.[1] In 1985, sixteen years prior, President Ronald Reagan equated the Taliban mujahideen who had defeated the Soviets in Afghanistan as “the moral equivalent of ...

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Cinematic Occupation

[Kamal Aljafari, still from

Kamal Aljafari, Port of Memory. France/Germany/UAE/Palestine, 2009. In the state of siege, time becomes place Fossilized in its eternity In the state of siege, place becomes time Lagging behind its yesterday and its tomorrow —Mahmoud Darwish, “State of Siege” Kamal Aljafari’s film Port of Memory (2009) opens with a long tracking shot of a grand, decaying house at twilight. The camera lingers on the skin of this structure that bears traces of other times and previous ...

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Bio

Sadia Shirazi

Sadia Shirazi is an architect, writer, and curator based in New York. She is engaged in a transdisciplinary practice that explores the relationship of art and architecture to sociopolitical issues, spatial imaginaries, and technologies of display. Her recent curatorial projects include welcome to what we took from is the state at the Queens Museum in New York (2016) and 230 MB / Exhibition Without Objects (EwO) at Khoj International Artists’ Association in New Delhi (2013). Shirazi holds an MArch from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a Whitney Museum Independent Study Program alumnus. She teaches at Parson’s The New School for Design and is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University.