Amina Kayani

South to South anthology

Bringing South Asians Into the Southern Lit Canon

March 11, 2024

When my family moved to Atlanta, we moved to the suburbs – a landscape defined by the distinct architectural feature of a strip mall. We shopped in a Publix shopping center next to a Chinese spot, USPS, and Domino’s, quite like the Publix shopping center three miles down the road. My family’s Pakistani community was … Read More

Sabreen Jafry’s “Ghalat Fehmi” Turns a Diasporic Lens on Punjab

November 20, 2018

New York-based photographer Sabreen Jafry didn’t intend to do a series on Pakistan. She went into her trip with the idea of capturing as much as she could. She, like most Pakistanis, hates the American image of the country. She figured she could challenge it. Represent it as she saw it and, in the process, … Read More

Art on the Internet: Seema Mattu

October 9, 2018

British artist, Seema Mattu’s Electric Toothbrush (2016) begins with a question: “Have you seen a C-grade Indian adult film before?” It flashes on the screen for only a moment before the video begins in full force, but it sets a tone for what is to come. The text is written in a calligraphic font, an … Read More

“If They Come For Us” Plaintively Explores the Legacy of Partition

August 8, 2018

Fatimah Asghar’s much-anticipated debut collection of poetry spans the divide of Partition, community, loss, and love. Motion connotes a certain amount of freedom. It belongs in the air, in the depths of the ocean, in the fingertips of flames reaching for something greater, more infinite. But the movement of Partition relied on boundaries to restrict … Read More

The Inimitable Freedom of Nadia Nair

August 3, 2018

Swedish artist, Nadia Nair resists classification. Her work strives for something indescribable, bending genres and melding influences from soul, rock, and classical Indian traditions. The result is stunning. Music that grabs at your heartstrings, pulling them along with the emotional cadences of the songwriter’s honeyed voice. When we heard she was previewing her next album … Read More

Art On The Internet: Gelare Khoshgozaran

July 6, 2018

For the first iteration of “Art on the Internet,” Kajal features the video and text-based work of Iranian writer, interdisciplinary artist, and translator, Gelare Khoshgozaran. The Los Angeles-based artist allows visitors to her website open access to a sizable archive of both visual and textual works that confront a variety of problematics related to the … Read More

Chitra Ganesh Reimagines South Asian Mythology for Modern Times

April 12, 2018

In a new installation at the Rubin Museum, Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh interrupts the museum’s permanent collection of Himalayan art with animated videos that draw directly from images in the galleries. Boddhisatvas, tantric deities, and buddhas from the collection are transported through history to the present, adapted into futurist landscapes where figures are drawn in … Read More

This Photography Exhibit Depicts War in Familiar Landscapes

March 21, 2018

Before entering Edmund Clark’s exhibition, The Day the Music Died, you hear Don McLean’s “American Pie” playing from the bottom of the stairs. Descend into the basement and turn left. There’s a plainly printed list of twenty-four tracks ranging from “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street” to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. … Read More