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Lecture: Artist Talk with Jesal Kapadia

 Where the sound is outside the ear, the ear can hear the sound. Where the spoken word is outside the speech, one can speak about something.

Friday, April 15, 6:30pm - 8pm

Prolonged Engagement artist Jesal Kapadia will discuss her most recent work titled 'a history of doing,' and elaborate on the process of working with images that document radical women's movements in India from the turn of the last century until now. Continually inspired by the writings of Gayatri Spivak, as well as her experience as Art Editor for Rethinking Marxism journal, Kapadia asks the questions: what does it mean to be 'an engaged feminist individual,' and how might one re-arrange desires, rather than locate needs?

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Jesal Kapadia is an artist from Bombay, India, now living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work frequently blurs boundaries between pedagogy, art and life through subjects of the avant-garde and revolution, people's movements and feminist struggle. Her role as Art Editor for the journal Rethinking Marxism, and her collective work with members of 16beavergroup, an artist community in downtown Manhattan, have shaped and influenced her overall art practice. Kapadia's work was shown locally and internationally, at the Guangzhou Triennial in China, Experimenta Film Festival in India, Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, and the MIT media lab in Cambridge, MA. She recently completed a residency in the Humanities Institute at Northwestern University and currently teaches at the Eugene Lang College at the New School University and International Center for Photography NY. She previously taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union School of Art and CUNY College of Staten Island, NY.