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The Art of the Borderland across South and Southeast Asia: a public conversation with Parismita Singh
"The Art of the Borderland across South and Southeast Asia” is an initiative for virtually held public conversations with writers, researchers, and artists whose work extends and diversifies engagements with the geographically contiguous regions of South and Southeast Asia, a space that includes territorial borderlines yet which also comprises social and cultural systems that straddle and exceed them. The conversations aim to explore the ways in which the idea of the borderland is immanent to the region’s artistic, visual, and material practices and their significance to debates on modern and contemporary art, the interface between religion, media and public culture and the aesthetics of the state. They seek to challenge the region’s popular and scholarly regard as an aberrant site of marginality and strengthen its importance as the ground from which to study Asia’s pasts and present.

The first public conversation of this initiative is with the artist and writer Parismita Singh. Singh’s extensive body of work focuses on art, culture, politics, and fashion in northeast India, a culturally, and linguistically diverse part of the country that comprises eight regional states and where the Indian state has historically exercised exceptional forms of governance. Singh’s work crosses many boundaries across narrative and visual forms to address the lived social and political realities of the borderlands of northeast India. The conversation will focus on the richly layered aesthetic form the artist and writer draws on to tell complex stories about the region, such as a series of graphic stories for Huffington Post (India) on the plight of people rendered stateless by the National Register of Citizens (NRC), compiled by the state government of Assam in 2019.

Speaker: Parismita Singh in conversation with Akshaya Tankha

Nov 5, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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