From Revolutionary Iran to a Journey of Art and Exile: A Conversation with Kazem Shahryari
The Iranian Revolution was one of the key events of the twentieth century (1978-1979). Kazem Shahryari didn’t get involved. He was already involved. They made a revolution before the revolution. In this interview, Shahryari speaks of his activism, exile, and French xenophobia.
Dylan Valley: A contemporary reenvisioner and decoloniser of cinema
Documentary filmmaker, Dylan Valley, is a multi-talented director from Cape Town, South Africa. From a very early stage, he watched films about anti-apartheid struggle on forced removals in Cape Town, prosecuted and assassinated activists. He wanted to tell stories that needed to be told.
Oct 6, 2020 · 9 mins
Re-Imagining the Desert: Muhcine Ennou on Creative Freedom, Solitude, and the Birthing of Art
Muhcine Ennou is a visual artist from Morocco. I spoke with him out of curiosity about his most recent CGI Artwork which stands for Computer-Generated Imagery. The latter artwork engages the sun, hope & alternative worlds.
Oct 3, 2020 · 10 mins
“You get this superficial veneer of admiration” Researching the experiences of women in social care work.
The high incidence of burnout and consequent high staff turnover represent a cost to the sector. For society at large, the current perfunctory appreciation must be converted to a deeper-rooted understanding and respect.
Sep 28, 2020 · 13 mins
Cooking as Praxis
It is true that for many (especially women), cooking is a slog; a chore; a relentless rhythm of unrecognised servitude. Often an act of love but also an undeniable reminder of the domesticated femininity women are benchmarked against.
Sep 23, 2020 · 9 mins
Anti-Blackness is hiding in plain sight
In thinking about anti-Blackness in the United States, I’ve had to contend with this phenomenon being alive and well in Mauritian society. A quick glance inwards and around can reveal a lot of uncomfortable, often racist history.
Aug 21, 2020 · 12 mins
The Word for World is Forest* | A Photo-Essay
The thing that the virus whispered into our ear, with its sharp voice, was simple and solid, "We are together in this...". That tiny thing, which was invisible to the eye at first, is now big enough to make our eyes bleed. The earth is a human colony…
Jul 20, 2020 · 6 mins
Discovering my EU Citizenship too Late
I voted Remain. I’d consider myself an ardent ‘Remainer’ evident by the fact I proudly sport a ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ sticker on my laptop and I cried on a stranger’s shoulder the day the results were announced, but I never really understood what it was that we were losing until now.
Jul 16, 2020 · 6 mins
Post-pandemic Africa: Leadership for troubled times
As we head into a time of unavoidable hardship, but also a time of global reflection, the African continent which is no stranger to the struggles of the human condition, may yet have more to teach the world about surviving, leading and growing amid troubled times
Jul 6, 2020 · 10 mins