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Shahzia Sikander in Art, Ancestors, Ghosts, & the Dead

Presented by Protocinema, in partnership with ICI Independent Curators International, and The Clemente.

Together with: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Shaun Leonardo, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Pınar Öğrenci, Laura Raicovich, Shahzia Sikander, Mari Spirito, Laura Rivera-Ayala, Eva Mayhabal Davis, Original Font & Graphics by İlayda Tunca

Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center,107 Suffolk Street, New York (between Rivington & Delancey)

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Panel: Transformations, Mysteries, Renewals
Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Shahzia Sikander moderated by Laura Raicovich
On the cycle of life and the inherent transformations, mysteries, and renewals embedded in the participants’ art and lives.

4:00 - 5:30 pm: Panel: Do It Yourself Or Ancient Mourning?
Korakrit Arunanondchai and Sofía Gallisá Muriente, moderated by Mari Spirito
On changing forms of mourning, merging traditional, religious, indigenous, and secular approaches.

6:00 pm: Performance: Rehearsal (2023) Shaun Leonardo
On wordless gesture, a process of physical embodiment of grief, optional participatory.

7:30 pm: Film Screening: Aşit (2022) by Pınar Öğrenci
On tension between the intimate loss of a loved one and that of mass death, in this case, of genocide.

Followed by Reception

Protodispatch presents Art, Ancestors, Ghosts, & the Dead, a one-day convening to share attitudes and practices around death across cultures, produced by Protocinema and ICI (Independent Curators International) at The Clemente Center, New York on Saturday, June 3, 2023. This gathering comes at a time of great loss amid ongoing wars, viruses, and inhumane border policies, and consists of two panel discussions, a film screening, performance, and a reception. Participants include: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Shaun Leonardo, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Shahzia Sikander, Laura Raicovich, and Mari Spirito. Discussions with the panelists and respondents will follow. Shaun Leonardo comes with a signature, participatory performance. There will be a film screening of Aşit (2022) by Pınar Öğrenci, and a reception. Art, Ancestors, Ghosts, & the Dead engages perspectives from Puerto Rico, Southeast and South Asia, the United States, and the Middle East on personal and collective behavior in response to death and the unspoken yet undeniable pain of loss.