Six Points Reading Series

Thursday September 11, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:00pm

Chicago Cultural Center (Garland Room, First Floor)

Hosted by the Poetry Center of Chicago

September will feature poets Amira Hanafi and Ladan Osman. Curated and hosted by Danielle Susi.

AMIRA HANAFI lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. She is the author of Forgery, Minced English, and various other printed matter. Her work has appeared in Fence, DIAGRAM, American Letters & Commentary, and other fine publications, and is forthcoming in Pleiades. Her current project, A Dictionary of the Revolution, a popular documentation of the Egyptian revolution, was recently featured in the Guardian. Amira received her MFA in Writing in 2008 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

LADAN OSMAN lives in Chicago and is the winner of the African Poetry Book Fund’s 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her manuscript The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Michener Center for Writers. A 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, Broadsided, Narrative Magazine, Prairie Schooner,and Vinyl Poetry.

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Panel Discussion: Art as Resistance

Saturday August 23, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm | Free

The Ottawa Art Gallery

Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2 Canada

Join us for a panel discussion on socially engaged art, resistance, and revolution.

Beyond illustrating the issues at stake, can aesthetic forms themselves offer models for collaboration and movement building?
How do artists’ practices shift in response to revolution? Is a revolution a work of art?
What decolonizing strategies can we learn from artists performing and inserting their work in public space?
What role does spectacle play in creating an open space for dissent?

Scott Benesiinaabandan (Montreal)
Adam Brown (Ottawa) 
Amira Hanafi (Cairo) 
Emily Rose Michaud (Montréal/Outaouais) 

Moderated by: Leah Snyder (Ottawa/Toronto)

This event is presented in collaboration with the Peoples’ Social Forum

http://www.ottawaartgallery.ca/content/panel-discussion-art-resistance

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Egypt: after the revolution comes the battle for language

A Dictionary of the Revolution covered in The Guardian

"Was it a coup? Was it a revolution? The overthrow of Mohamed Morsi last July spawned unending debate in Egypt about how the president’s removal should be defined. Not that this was unusual: since Egypt’s 2011 uprising, the country’s many factions have competed to impose their narratives on highly contested events. As a result, words used to describe the events of the revolution can have wildly different meanings, depending on the speaker.

Fascinated by this lexical battleground, Amira Hanafi, an Egyptian-American artist, is travelling across Egypt to create a dictionary of its ill-fated revolution. She is interviewing hundreds of ordinary people about what 160 buzzwords related to the revolution – terms such as “freedom”, “coup”, and even “revolution” – mean to them. The replies will be turned into a book.”

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08 March 2011 Women suffer assault and derision at Tahrir march Al-Masry Al-Youm 

 

I believed I was invisible until I stood on Feleki Street wearing an orange vest, my extraordinary hair and a gas mask while BBC Arabic approached with their puffy black microphone, everyone around me saying, “No comment,” and my sisters walking arm-in-arm through the gas. All the foreigners are at home, and I imagine myself an observer against this wall, one year to the day after my night of savage indoctrination behind a window overlooking Abdel Moneim Riyadh Square, using status updates to never save myself from damage.

 

19 March 2011 The Saudi Women Revolution Statement Jadaliyya

 

23 March 2011 Egyptian women protesters forced to take “virginity tests” Amnesty

 

26 March 2011 Libyan woman tells of abuse Al-Jazeera

 

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Truck: Amira Hanafi: Mahdy's Walk

Mahdy’s Walk, a text constructed from 20 conversations on a walk performed 20 times in April 2013, in Ard El Lewa, Giza, Egypt, is published over at Halvard Johnson’s poetry blog Truck. I’m pleased to be selected by May’s guest editor/driver, Glenn Bach.

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