Presented as part of the public programming for our current exhibition belit sağ: Let Me Remember, this program of short experimental and documentary films revolve around the struggle against white supremacy in the United States, state repression of the Kurdish people, and settler colonialism in Palestine. The screening explores how these works, involving struggles far flung from each other, connect and the common strategies and aesthetics they share. Featuring work by Basma Alsharif, Decolonize This Place, Rhys Hall, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys, and belit sağ. Curated with an introduction by Nitasha Dhillon.
Program (~60 minutes)
Decolonize This Place, Anti-Columbus Day Tour: Decolonize This Museum, digital video, 3:23 minutes; 2016)
Rhys Hall, To Free A Butterfly, digital video, 11:18 min, 2016
Adam Khalil , Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys, The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets, digital video, 9:43 minutes; 2017
Basma Alsharif, We Began by Measuring Distance, digital video, 19:00 min, 2009
belit sağ, Ayhan and Me, digital video, 14:17 min, 2015
Bio of the curator
Nitasha Dhillon has a B.A. in Mathematics from St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York and School of International Center of Photography. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Media Study – University of Buffalo in New York. Nitasha’s practice joins research, aesthetics, organizing, and action as part of MTL Collective with Amin Husain. As MTL, they are co-founders of Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy magazine, Global Ultra Luxury Faction, the direct action arm of Gulf Labor Artists Coalition, Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee, Direct Action Front for Palestine, Decolonial Cultural Front, and most recently, Decolonize This Place, a movement space and formations in New York City that combine cultural events with organizing, art, and action around five strands of struggle: Indigenous Struggle, Black Liberation, Free Palestine, Global Wage Worker, and De-Gentrification.