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Join us for a 2 session workshop led by writer, artist, and actor Mariam Bazeed on erasure poems in the context of other erasures– of marginalized and colonized peoples, of history, and the current moment in a necropolitic of white supremacy.
What makes a successful erasure poem? What visual and spatial considerations go into making a work of erasure, and how do we begin to approach it?
In reference to Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing 1953, the American painter, sculptor, and printmaker Jasper Johns used the term “additive subtraction.” We will apply additive subtraction to text and consider how erasure works serve to address, challenge, and disrupt the sociopolitical realities that define our lives.
Mariam Bazeed is an Egyptian immigrant, writer, spoken word artist, performance artist, stage actor, and cook living in Brooklyn. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and pantry lists, their work across genres has been published in print and online, and their plays have been performed in festivals in the United States and abroad. Mariam is currently at work on a book-length erasure of The Arab Mind, written by the accomplished racist Raphael Patai; and on The Sunshine School Songbook, a solo cabaret sponsored by late-stage capitalism and the algorithms of Gulf Labor dystopias. Their play, Kilo Batra: In Death More Radiant, written with Kamelya Omayma Youssef in three columns and two languages, will be premiering in December 2021 at the Arab American National Museum.
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