Organised by: Sven Christian, Adriane Iann Assistant Curator of Books and Works on Paper (Zeitz MOCAA).
In conjunction with the exhibition of Publishing Against the Grain at Zeitz MOCAA, Alternate Voices: Makhzin, will function as a platform to discuss the material conditions that dictate the way we write ourselves into the world.
Panelists include Makhzin founder Mirene Arsanios (via Skype), as well as local writers Palesa Motsumi and Nick Mulgrew. This discussion will be moderated by Sven Christian, Adriane Iann Assistant Curator of Books and Works on Paper at Zeitz MOCAA.
Publishing Against the Grain is an exhibition organised and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and initiated by ICI’s Alaina Claire Feldman, Becky Nahom and Sanna Almajedi. The exhibition was made possible with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum. The organising curator for Publishing Against the Grain’s presentation at Zeitz MOCAA is Sven Christian, Adriane Iann Assistant Curator of Books and Works on Paper at Zeitz MOCAA. The presentation of this exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA has been made possible by the American Friends of Zeitz MOCAA, the Zeitz MOCAA Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Zeitz MOCAA members.
RSVP: Email sven.christian@zeitzmocaa.
This event is free and can accommodate a maximum of 100 people.
Launched in 2014 as part of 98weeks Research Project’s On Publications, Makhzin is a yearly bilingual English and Arabic magazine for fiction, prose, poetry, essays and occasional translations. In addition, the magazine features long-form interviews between writers, artists and thinkers every month. Makhzin is edited by Mirene Arsanios (Founding Editor), Iman Mersal and Ghalya Saadawi, and designed by Raoul Audouin.
Mirene Arsanios is the author of the short story collection, The City Outside the Sentence (Ashkal Alwan, 2015). She has contributed essays and short stories to The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, The Animated Reader, and The Outpost, among others. Her writing was featured collaboratively at the Sharjah Biennial (2017) and Venice Biennial (2017), as well as in various artist books and projects. Arsanios co-founded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin. She holds an MA in Art Theory from Goldsmiths College and an MFA in Writing from Bard College.
About Nick Mulgrew:
Nick Mulgrew was born in Durban in 1990. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is The First Law of Sadness (David Philip, 2017). He is a founder and currently the fiction editor of Prufrock, and the publisher of the award-winning poetry press, uHlanga. He lives in Cape Town.
About Palesa Motsumi:
Palesa Motsumi is the founder of Sematsatsa Library, a creative consultancy with a focus on empowering and strengthening the rich imagery and work of women of colour in the creative and visual arts. She is a writer, womanist. communications practitioner by training and has worked as an art consultant for various local and international artists. Her accolades include being part of the Erasmus Mundus Alumni, a founding member of a social entrepreneurship platform in Amsterdam and most recently the Mangaung Art Fair in the Free State, South Africa. Currently, what’s keeping her at the edge of her seat is writing her memoir, titled Mantsho: The journey of being young, black, gifted and hungry.