Tara Asgar (Ali) | In Between Lands and Territories: Love, Loss and Survival

Lecture | October 15 | 5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

 Tara Asgar (Ali), Transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies and the co-director of the Medical Anthropology Program

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, The South Asia Art Initiative

Join us for a talk by Tara Asgar (Ali), a transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose work focuses primarily on the body and the relationship between body and space.

Talk Abstract
As a queer of color, how do we investigate desire, love, and pleasure? In an age of anti-immigration and digitized global market economy who has the agency on their marketable victimhood? When we think philosophically about queer desire & pleasure through our life, belonging and non-belonging, we often encounter living and surviving in between longing and wanting a romantic connection, perhaps to build a sense of home in different lands and territories. This paper/ presentation is a look back into the last seven years of my art and activism juxta-positioned against a radicalized reading of queer desire and pleasure. I conduct rambling yet extensive research around social events, spaces, and people related to their origin of belonging. I connect theory and sentiment concerning the archive, history, language, and identity. I make the argument, in my presentation, through the reference to my practice (art), on how to process trauma and vulnerability especially when life as a queer of color is both in constant need of validation starting from institution to immigration and nation-states. We rather create and thrive in response to these existential challenges to find what left in this process.

Speaker Bio
Born in 1991, Bangladesh; Tara Asgar (Ali) is a transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose work focuses primarily on the body and the relationship between body and space. Read more about the artist HERE

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Event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladesh’s cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Center’s mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.

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