Art

One Piece by Golnar Adili, Baabaa Aab Daad (Father Gave Water)

January 10, 2022

Contemporary artist Golnar Adili is playing with language. Specifically the shape of Persian. For the past 15 years she has been making art that revels in the physicality of her mother tongue. She has extracted individual letters from her father’s writing and recreated them in print and sculpture, designed her own Persian pixel typography, created … Read More

Edwin Raphael’s Single “Sights Like These” Is Driving to Truth

January 4, 2022

Released last month, Montreal-based singer Edwin Raphael’s single “Sights Like These” brings on a trance-state almost immediately. Hypnotic, circling vocals combine with guitarist Dhruv Visvanath’s instrumentals to create a sound bath for meditation. Reflecting on moving on from hurt, lyrics like “I’m fainting & you won’t turn around” and “I’m faking but you won’t figure … Read More

Aiza Ahmed Focuses on the Background

December 28, 2021

If you had to assign New York-based Pakistani artist Aiza Ahmed one color from the vast spectrum that exists, it would have to be rose pink. That’s not to say that Ahmed does not experiment with green washes or blue backgrounds or reds or oranges, but of all her work and multiple series spanning the … Read More

Poem: Untitled

December 7, 2021

With my broken Urdu, I read Faiz/ Bloodstreams of Persian & Urdu ghazals run through your streets/ But Ghalib’s metaphors appear on my wounds/ And Iqbal’s verses purify my sins/ Mir’s wahshat is how I make sense of God/ I decipher each and every script/ I read blood/ I wear it like skin.

One Piece by Randhir Singh, Sector 5 Saket

November 4, 2021

Randhir Singh’s photograph Sector 5 Saket captures a ubiquitous scene in South Asia: the neighborhood cricket match. A stack of bricks stand in for wickets, field boundaries are demarcated by random objects, and the players’ attire is a mismatched cacophony of color. However, the protagonist of Singh’s photograph is one of the match’s onlookers: the … Read More

Poem: Time Change

October 13, 2021

At 10 pm my mom got the call her eldest brother died. At 4 am she FaceTimed his face. At 6 am his smoke swirled clockwise into the smoke of strangers. 10 pm here is 7:30 am the next day there. 10 pm there is half past noon the same day here. At 10 pm … Read More

PREMIERE: FLTY BRGR GRL Are Singing About Crushes in New “Sweet Boy” Video

August 26, 2021

The world is rose-colored, sweet, and sour in Norwegian pop duo FLTY BRGR GRL’s new music video “Sweet Boy,” premiering today on Kajal. The single comes off the band’s debut album Love You Forever, due for a late September release. Blending cool bubblegum punk riffs with garage pop, “Sweet Boy” is about unrequited love and crushes that hit … Read More

One Piece by Suchitra Mattai, A Poet’s Quarrel

July 12, 2021

A Poet’s Quarrel, by Denver based Indo-Caribbean artist Suchitra Mattai, is an artwork made out of another artwork. Like many of Mattai’s recent pieces it is a textile intervention on a found artwork – embroidery on a landscape painting. Using bright yellow and red thread Mattai has embroidered large lightning bolts onto an otherwise idyllic … Read More

One Piece by Najmun Nahar Keya, The Spell Song

April 14, 2021

A wall of soft words. Bangla script as sculpture, with pillow-like volume and skin of shimmering sari fabric. The formal beauty of written Bangla catches the eye of the uninitiated. The title, The Spell Song, heightens the mystery of the text. For Bangla speakers the softness will transcend the physical to the linguistic. The phrases … Read More

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