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Home Community Civil Rights Ninotchka Rosca and Three Other Artist-Celebrities Headline the Full Spectrum’s “The Exiles”
Ninotchka Rosca and Three Other Artist-Celebrities Headline the Full Spectrum’s “The Exiles” PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 July 2010 17:08


T he Full Spectrum’s “The Exiles” will be at the powerHouse Arena next Thursday, July 29, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., when they will discuss migration, immigration and upheaval. The guests are Artist Wafaa Bilal, Artist/writer Slava Mogutin, Mixed-media installation artist Dawit L. Petros, and Journalist-writer Ninotchka Rosca. They will talk about the unique experience of finding one's way far from home. Filmmaker and writer Zina Saro-Wiwa will moderate the talk show. 


The Full Spectrum and powerHouse Arena present:


Where do we go when we can't go back?


A Panel Discussion with Four Creators Who Can’t Return Home
Thursday, July 29, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
powerHouse Arena
37 Main St, [at Water, in DUMBO]
Brooklyn, NY 11201
F to York; A/C to High; 2/3 to Clark

For more information, please call 718.666.3049


Exile was so traumatic, something positive had to be done with it; I've used it as a springboard toward planetary citizenship—Ninotchka Rosca


"Being prosecuted for my writings and activism and exiled from Russia at the age of 21 still gives me nightmares. At the same time, it shaped me both personally and artistically. They say that freedom of travel is a fundamental human right,  but I certainly don’t take it for granted, especially since I'm not being able to go back to my native country, where one corrupt homophobic regime has
replaced another."—Slava Mogutin

"Homes are always provisional." - Dawit L. Petros


I raqi-born artist WAFAA BILAL is an assistant professor of art at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has exhibited worldwide and lectured extensively on the situation of the Iraqi people and the importance of peaceful conflict resolution. His latest work, Domestic Tension, made him the target of a paintball gun that was accessible to an online audience 24 hours a day. Newsweek called the piece "breathtaking." Bilal feels he does not have the privilege to create apolitical work. In the face of a war that stretches on, the 2004 deaths of his brother and father, and the violence in his own history, he seeks to convey a sense of empowerment that comes from hope in humanity. Booklist named Shoot an Iraqi [City Lights, 2008], about Bilal's life and the Domestic Tension project, one of the Top 10 art books of the year.

S iberian-born artist and writer SLAVA MOGUTIN was exiled from
Russia for his queer writings and activism at the age of 21. In 1995, he was granted political asylum in the U.S. with the support of Amnesty International and PEN American Center. He is the author of two hardcover monographs of photography, Lost Boys and NYC Go-Go, and seven books of writings published in Russian. His work has been exhibited internationally at leading institutions in New York City, San Francisco, Sydney, Rotterdam, Moscow, Copenhagen, Israel, and Spain. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Village Voice, L’Uomo Vogue, ArtUS, i-D, Whitewall, Modern Painters, V, Visionaire, and L’Officiel Hommes.

D AWIT L. PETROS is a mixed-media installation artist whose projects occupy a space between minimalist abstraction and autobiographical narrative. He is from the generation of Eritreans for whom the 31-year war of liberation with Ethiopia resulted in exile; in his case, a journey from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, England and ultimately, to Canada. His worldview formed by this transnational experience, Petros’ work engages questions of contested spaces and ideas. He received an
MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal; and a BA in History from the University of Saskatchewan. His work has been exhibited internationally. He is a Visiting Artist in Photography at the Cooper Union School of Art.

N INOTCHKA ROSCA is a Philippine-born journalist/writer whose exile from a dictatorship has become permanent. A recipient of the American Book Award, she has authored six books published in
North America, Europe and Asia. As a human-rights activist and women’s-rights advocate, she has worked steadily for the last 20 years with AF3IRM/GabNet, an organization of women mostly of Philippine ancestry. She is a board member of Sisterhood Is Global, an international organization founded by Robin Morgan and the late Simone de Beauvoir []. Ms. Rosca is currently working on the feminist theory and practice of and for transnational women, and engaged in the development of the Mariposa Alliance, a transnational women's coalition.

M ODERATOR: Filmmaker, writer and broadcast journalist ZINA SARO-WIWA is the founder of AfricaLab, a multimedia company dedicated to transforming the way the world sees
Africa. She has made three documentaries to date. Bossa: The New Wave, Hello Nigeria! and This Is My Africa, which premiered on HBO in 2010. Zina was born in Nigeria to Ken and Maria Saro-Wiwa, and moved to Britain at an early age. She was raised in Surrey and Sussex spending summers in Nigeria. Zina began her career in the media at the age of 16 when she wrote her first article for the Sunday Times. From 2004-2008, Zina was a presenter for the BBC's arts program, The Culture Show, where she reported on a variety of topics and interviewed many noted artists.

About the Full Spectrum Panel Discussion Series

T he Full Spectrum explores complex social issues through a prism of arts and culture.  Held at cultural venues throughout New York City, the panel discussions take a progressive look at aspects of the arts, beliefs, business, living, international affairs, and politics. Panelists are drawn from the worlds of dance, fashion, film, literature, music, theater, visual art, and more. The forums are free to the public, and their impact lasts long after the conversations have ended. 

The Full Spectrum Partners:
Our 2010 Season is presented by Con Edison, 
with generous support from Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and Bill de Blasio. Our venue partners are Danny Simmons' Corridor Gallery, Greenlight Bookstore, and powerHouse Arena.
Conversations Among Artists, 
Activists, Explorers & Thinkers 
Listen. Talk. Connect.  

Brian Tate & Danny Simmons
Lacy Austin & K. Neycha Herford # # #



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