Leaflets of the Coalition Forces
from Afghanistan: in Dari and Pushto
Front: The real Taliban government.
Back: They are nearing the end. They are decaying.
Front at left: “Get the foreigners out of our country…so we can live in peace” Back at right: “The dogs are running the Taliban!” (dog is derogatory term)
from Iraq: from “Operation Iraqi Freedom”
T. Venkanna: Looking for PeaceBy Pia Singh
MAY 2023 | ArtSeen
Contradictory to the artists soft-spoken nature, T. Venkannas fluency in questioning the profoundest moments of lifedeath, lust, and a forthcoming series on birthmake art history Venkannas primary vocabulary. By transforming us into witnesses who must look again and again until the brutality of this world, as frightening as it is, becomes inadmissibly real, Looking for Peace is an exorcism of evil disguised in the discourse of development.
Randa Jarrar’s Love Is an Ex-CountryBy Yvonne C. Garrett
FEB 2021 | Books
In Jarrars new book (a memoir), Trumps rise to power is an undercurrent as, in over more than 200 pages, across decades, time zones, and borders, Jarrar explores what it is to live as an American who is also Palestinian, a woman, and a woman of a certain size who also self-defines as queer. We can all learn a lot from Jarrar: about racism, privilege, oppression, fat-phobia, sexual violence, and the way this country (and others) treats women.
The Disappeared CountryBy Mladen Dolar
JUNE 2022 | Critics Page
On many occasions when I have to fill in a form, I am asked for the date and country of my birth. For the country, I am offered some two hundred options, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, including many I would have a hard time finding on a map. But my country of birth doesnt appear on any of these lists. The country where I was born and where I spent the majority of my life has disappeared, it is conspicuously missing. Its name is still vividly present in the collective memory, but I guess not for long.
Hildigunnur Birgisdóttirs PeaceBy Gregory Volk
MARCH 2022 | ArtSeen
It is wonderful to be back in Reykjavik, a beloved city for me that I have visited many timeswonderful, but also strange. For the past three months Covid-19 (the Omicron variant) has been surging in heavily vaccinated Iceland. Many of my Reykjavik friends have gotten ill, some quite recently, although cases have tended to be fairly mild.