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Poetic Transgression: A Conversation with Two Contemporary Artists

Friday, March 05, 2021, 10:00am - 11:30am

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How do brown women from South Asia navigate the boundaries of their bodies through self-expression? What does it mean to write femininity from South Asia? How does it manifest across experiments in artistic mediums and forms? We bring together two contemporary artists to talk about their work in the fields of visual design and poetry to spotlight contemporary art from South Asia. This is an ‘event’ enabled by the contemporary moment: a virtual gathering despite national borders.  

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Nitoo Das is a birder, caricaturist, and poet. Her first collection of poetry, Boki, was published in 2008, and her second, Cyborg Proverbs, was brought out by Poetrywala in 2017. Das’s PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University dealt with constructions of the Assamese Identity under the British. Her poetry has been published in journals like Poetry International Web, Pratilipi, Muse India, Eclectica, Seven Sisters Post, North East Review, Four Quarters Magazine, Poetry with Prakriti, Vayavya, etc. Her interests include birding and bird photography, fractals, comic books, horror films, poetry as hypertext, and translation from Assamese to English. Das teaches literature at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi.

Shehzil Malik is an award-winning designer and illustrator with a focus on human rights, feminism and South Asian identity. She is an internationally published book illustrator and leads a studio that works on social impact projects and collaborations in fashion design, publication design and branding. Her work has been featured in CNN, DW, BBC and Forbes with clients including Sony Music, Penguin USA, Oxfam, New York Times, Sterling Publishing, GIZ and Google.

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