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AGHILI/KARLSSON – Shoresh / The Ground is on Fire
October 13, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT$15.00 - $20.00
14 people are attending AGHILI/KARLSSON – Shoresh / The Ground is on Fire
This new work by Swedish-Iranian art group ahgili/karlsson, draws together issues of racism, civil disobedience, human rights, and public resistance in Stockholm and places it in a global context — connecting uprisings (“Shoresh”) in Paris, London, and Stockholm with the LA riots of 1992. The performance specifically denounces police brutality and allies with those who fight against racism, globally.
The work is a follow-up to the Swedish performance The Ground is on Fire – a performance about uprising through Husby/Clichy-sous-Bois/Tottenham/South Central, which in 2014 got massive attention and gave rise to one of the biggest debates around performing arts and politics in Sweden. The performance was supported by activists and artists but was can-celled after one month by the theatre Östgötateatern with two months of sold out performances left. The journalists and police debating the performance talked about reversed racism and questioned the critique of police brutality and the art piece’s right to envision other political orders.
The new performance Shoresh/The Ground is on Fire seeks to bring attention to questions about civil movements, public resistance and organizing in order to gain democratic rights, an important task in a time when racism, homophobia, capitalism and sexism work hand in hand to give the ruling people the power to define the movements and the resistance.
Friday Night: Guest performer Kuahmel KuahAllah
ROUNDTABLE: Directly after the performance on 10/14, we will hold a roundtable of local and international artists and activists, including Amitis Motevalli (artist, director of William Grant Still ArtsCenter), Jasmine Richards Abdullah (BLM-Pasadena), Dani Nicole (SWANA-LA), with additional participants to be announced. They will join Nasim Aghili (Swedish-Iranian activist, playwright and performer in SHORESH), for a discussion about art and activism moderated by Amy Malek (Asst. Professor of International Studies)
Nasim Aghili (director, writer and performer) and Björn Karlsson (visual artist, set design and costume) is an artist duo working in the field of performing and visual arts. Their performances, theatre installations, art in the public space and soundpieces often deal with the experience of existing and living in different forms of exile mostly by creating grievability and healing rituals. Their latest performance piece Vahák, is a walk through a sound installation, a huge pink tent and poetic decolonising activism in different Sami languages and was one of the selected pieces at the Swedish Performing Arts Biennal for Children and Youth 2016. Nasim Aghili’s plays have been translated to different languages as English, Spanish and Arabic and their work have been performed in countries like England, Mexico, US, Holland, Estonia, Belgium, Norway and Sápmi.