Art

Poem: Nila Nila, Odi Va

February 20, 2024

நிலா நிலா ஓடிவா Nila Nila, Odi Va Moon Moon, come running. Exhaustion has no chance gnawing its body through rental doors. Amma belongs draped in sun that billows out a welcome mat, feeds a family of buds that speak only for her. In wild waves they all want but perfect the gift to give her … Read More

One Piece By Khadim Ali, The War Rug

February 5, 2024

The War Rug, by Hazara artist Khadim Ali, is overwhelming. The title references a distinctly Afghan art form: rugs populated with war imagery. Ali’s artwork however is a digital animation projected on a plain rug. It is full of war, specifically American forces in Afghanistan, the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha by the Taliban, the … Read More

“Everyday Monuments” Focuses the Lens on Punjab’s Rooftop Sculptures

January 2, 2024

A typical rural Punjabi house photographed by Rajesh Vora in his new coffee table book Everyday Monuments might have thick marble walls, a red tiled roof, curved windows, a clothesline or a satellite dish, and a massive, handmade sculpture affixed to its water tank. The rooftops of Punjab are a canvas for NRI wealth and … Read More

The Holy Ones – 1st Place Short Fiction Winner

December 22, 2023

This story won first place in the first inaugural Short Fiction Competition. * Miranda knew it was a bad idea to hire the angels, but Mr. Wallingford had insisted. “Book the buggers if it’s the last thing you do,” he told her, a little spittle flying towards her desk. It was not an empty threat. … Read More

Dipu Dies – 2nd Place Short Fiction Winner

This story won second place in the first inaugural Short Fiction Competition. * Dipu dies in the backseat of a Toyota Camry five houses down the street from his family home. Inside, his mother Aamina sleeps, intermittently shaken awake by worries snaking their way out of her subconscious. His father Abdul snores in congested spurts. … Read More

When Our Parents Expire – 3rd Place Short Fiction Winner

This story won third place in the first inaugural Short Fiction Competition. * In the boat on the way over, Nirmala had been quite animated. Though, what had begun as excitement (real, glimmering, childlike excitement for a trip across waters, a tourist’s day sailing) had built steadily over the morning, mingled with small annoyances and … Read More

One Piece by Hiba Schahbaz, Burning Venus

August 4, 2023

Contemporary artist Hiba Schahbaz has been meditating on love. Love beyond romance. Love as a state of being. Her most recent solo exhibition, at Almine Rech gallery, Paris, was titled Love Songs and featured her painting Burning Venus. An ode to the goddess of love herself, this work references Italian art history, gilded Mughal miniature … Read More

Ami Dang’s “The Living World’s Demands” is a Wake-Up Call

February 6, 2023

On her new album, The Living World’s Demands, Baltimore-based musician Ami Dang uses ambient synth sounds to ask big questions about where we are today. Dang’s sitar and experimental synth conjure a dreamlike atmosphere and their vocals ask us to respond to the nightmares of our time. Dang highlights the struggle for reproductive justice, the … Read More

One Piece by Aruni Dharmakirthi, Over time I taught myself…

December 9, 2022

Aruni Dharmakirthi approaches textile art with the looseness of drawing; her stitching is a clean singular line, edges are often left purposefully frayed, and her compositions are uncluttered — simple, almost abstract, shapes floating in wide expanses of negative space. Subtle patterns emerge frequently, sometimes printed on the fabric, sometimes created by hand. And her … Read More

Two Poems from “Dialect of Distant Harbors”

October 18, 2022

These poems by Dipika Mukherjee are excerpted from her new collection, Dialect of Distant Harbors, out now by CavanKerry Press. The artwork here accompanies the poem “Wanderlust Ghazal” and is illustrated by artist Gladys Simpson.

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