Anti-Nationalism Day!
Post-Midnight: Artists Respond to "After Midnight"

“Post-Midnight” is a series of artist and writers responses to After Midnight, the current exhibition of modern and contemporary art from India. In the interest of presenting audiences with multiple ways of reading and interpreting the works in the exhibit, we have selected artists who can create interactive experiences for our museum’s publics. We approached artists working in various disciplines– visual art, video, spoken word, dance, and sound–in hopes that the works in the exhibition might inspire varied interpretive forms. The series has been organized by guest curator Reya Sehgal.

For the final event in the Post-Midnight series, guest curator the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is throwing a rather unusual holiday: Anti-Nationalism Day. An invented holiday meant to humorously rebut India’s Independence Day on August 15th, Anti-Nationalism Day will feature poets and writers reading newly written pieces in response to the works and themes of After Midnight, which orients itself on the years 1947 and 1997 — the year of Indian and Pakistani Independence and its 50th anniversary, respectively. Audiences are invited to tour the show, stopping at various pieces to hear the writers share their poems, essays, reflections, and short stories, and continue the conversations over masala chai and samosas. Plus we’ll have special Anti-Nationalism Day swag and participatory writing games for all our holiday celebrants.

Writers will include Open City Fellow Chaya Babu, Margins Fellow Muna Gurung, Amitava Kumar (nominated for the highest literary prize in India), novelist Hari Kunzru (a Guggenheim Fellow and named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young British Novelists”), writer and artist Swati Khurana, and others.

Please Note: Due to increased traffic and parking issues caused by the US Open nearby, we strongly encourage you to use public transportation.

Hari Kanzru. Photo by Michael Lionstar.

Hari Kanzru. Photo by Michael Lionstar.

Muna Gurung

Muna Gurung

Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar

Chaya Babu

Chaya Babu

Swati Khurana

Swati Khurana

About the Guest Curators

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is dedicated to inventing the future of Asian American intellectual culture. Working at the intersection of race, migration, social justice and literature, AAWW curates live events and publishes the online magazine The Margins at aaww.org

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