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Episode 172 [in English]: Amir Aram Ronaldo Returns

This week, Alia, Nadia, and Ellie joined to catch up with Armenian-Palestinian-American Artivist Aram Ronaldo, who you might remember from the “Land Back episode.” This time, we focused on Aram’s work in theater, from the MENA-focused Golden Thread Productions in the Bay Area, to the wonderfully queer “Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical” in New York. We discussed the logistics of theater reopening (naked or not), how alternative companies may be more adaptable to safe practices, and what aspects of virtual/hybrid performance are here to stay.

Aram also talked about the challenges of shifting deep-seated beliefs from anti-vaxing to Zionism, and their zine project focused on Palestinian futurism. We also discussed the ways in which the conversation on Palestine in the US has shifted (and not), how the Black Lives Matter movement has primed the public to overhaul their beliefs, and the distinction between institutional and social change.

 

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Episode 171 [in English]: Fadl Fakhouri

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Fadl Fakhouri is a Palestinian-American visual and multidisciplinary artist, currently based in NYC and pursuing an MFA at Columbia University. Their work considers borders of the state, identity, and interpersonal relationships in an effort to undo their oppressive nature, and sometimes includes film, installation, performance, and rocks. 

Fadl joined us (in person!) to talk about pursuing art “seriously” after working in the medical field, their recent trip to Palestine, and their in-progress work “What the Fuck is Tel Aviv?” We also talked about contending with privilege and trauma in artmaking  and embracing problematic moments as part of the way to a better future.

IG: @fadlfakhouri

Website:  https://colonized.info/Info

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