Afro-Asian Poetics, Music, and Solidarity: Index Release and Pantry Opening

[Please note: Due to severe weather, we have postponed this event to Sat, October 7th.]

Saturday, October 7, 2023
2–3.30pm ET
MoCADA Abolition House, 7A Nolan Park, Governors Island, New York, NY 10004

We are happy to celebrate the release of the Afro-Asian Poetic Index and opening of the Afro-Asian Poetic Pantry by Margaret Rhee and Presence by Malaika Temba & Sunnie Liu at the MoCADA Abolition House.

The Afro-Asian Poetic Index is a public resource edited by Dennica Pearl Worrell, Margaret Rhee, Kate McDonough, and Johann Yamin. It includes over 60 initial entries of links, websites, and biographies gathering artists, activists, scholars, books, collections, and movements recognizing Afro-Asia as an artistic, social, and political act of resistance. We are honored to include a foreword by Amy Andrieux, executive director of MoCADA and Lisa Gold, executive director of A4.

Presence by Malaika Temba & Sunnie Liu is a dynamic two-channel video installation reflecting the anonymous responses of Harlem and Chinatown communities against the proposed new jails, fostering interwoven struggles, liberation, and abolitionist reimaginings.

Presence by Malaika Temba & Sunnie Liu and The Afro-Asian Poetic Pantry of Solidarities by Margaret Rhee are projects from The Bandung Residency 2023 by The Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4).

The celebration will feature poetry, sharings, and musical performances from contributors to the Poetic Pantry and Presence:

Kate McDonough
Johann Yamin
Maya Marshall
Margaret Rhee

Featured Artists:
Rohan Zhou-Lee
Dennica Pearl Worrell

Artist talk for Presence by Malaika Temba & Sunnie Liu

A special writing workshop will be held in the installation space from 1–1.30 pm earlier that day, featuring live music from Dennica Worrell and facilitation by Johann Yamin, Kate McDonough, and Margaret Rhee.

Organized by The Palah Light Lab, The New School

Register here: www.eventbrite.com/e/afro-asian-poetics-music-and-solidarity-index-release-and-pantry-opening-tickets-722232937157

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The Maker Lab in the Humanities (MLab), University of Victoria

Trope Tank, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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The Transformative Play Lab, University of California, Irvine

Berkeley Center for New Media, University of California, Berkeley