EAHR-Taklif Workshop Creating  Space: Afghan & Iranian Creatives
Creating  Space is a community-engaged workshop, that uses arts-based methods to negotiate and implement strategies to challenge damaging declinist narratives projected onto Iranian and Afghan communities. It is led collaboratively by community arts educators, Ferozan Nasiri and Mélika Hashemi, and focuses on three themes: (re)defining place-making, creating third space, and negotiating futurisms. Through the use of interactive classroom tool Nearpod, participants will first be engaged in an introductory discussion and provided with a prototype of a zine toolkit which challenges uninformed narratives by raising awareness about difficult knowledge and sensitive subjects such as immigration and displacement. Participants will then be encouraged to share their own interpretations of third space. Each assigned group will be given a “cube” symbolizing the non-linearity of the third spaces within various institutional settings. The workshop is carefully designed to provoke discussions, definitions, inquiry, and possible resolutions about first-second Afghan and Iranian generation place-making, decolonization, and Afghan/Iranian futurism. This workshop has been coordinated for GAX 2019 by EAHR members Kanwal Syed and Nima Esmailpour of the Taklif : تکلیف collective.
“GAX 2019 Asian Indigenous Relations in Contemporary Art” is co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute NYU Global Asian/Pacific/Art Exchange (GAX) Network and Concordia University, Montreal, June 10-16, 2019. For more information: ethnoculturalarts.com/gax