Aziz Sohail, MFA Candidate, Emphasis, Curatorial Studies and Law, Culture, and Society, UC Irvine, brought our day to a close with a beautiful reflection exercise:
“Writing as Witnessing, Writing as Care, Writing as Healing”
I am a witness because...
I am a spectator because...
In the spirit of #AmericanMonument’s invitation to witness, this experimental and collaborative writing session seeks to activate these impulses and build voices for resisting, healing and care. What happens when we place ourselves as witnesses within this exhibitionary and legal apparatus? What responses can we generate as a means to honor and remember wasted lives? How do we imagine better collective inclusive futures?
@azizisohail is an art curator and writer whose work promotes under-researched histories and builds connections between art, history, fiction, theory and biography. His current research focus lies on the intersections of sexuality and colonialism with migration, law and identity, particularly for individuals from the Global South as they navigate empire(s) and its afterlives.
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