Round table discussion for young feminists of colour with Ayqa Khan
Free! All BIPOC and QTBIPOC individuals, 18-28 years of age, of all genders welcome*
Ayqa Khan will lead a workshop/discussion about issues related to young feminists, particularly in the visual arts. She will focus on self-reflexive art practices and how in the contemporary political climate, looking inward can be a radical methodology. During the workshop, Ayqa will ask each participant to make something of themselves for themselves. She will ask how this making and thinking feels for the individuals and what it means for their wider practice. Further, by thinking through “art,” “identity,” and “community,” she will ask how we can reconcile these weighted concepts with new definitions that can work for us and our contemporary concerns.
*BIPOC refers to individuals who self-identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, while QTBIPOC specifically refers to Queer and Trans individuals who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.
Ayqa Khan is a New York-based artist working in photography and digital illustration, whose work explores the experience of living within two cultures. Featuring a blend of traditional South Asian motifs and symbols of American youth culture, it centres on confident brown bodies to make visible body hair and practices of body hair removal. The women are often seen in casual, personal or social settings, which are underpinned by broader dialogues about Islam, South Asian diasporic culture and mental health. Khan has exhibited her work in Alt Space, Cooper Union and Chinatown Soup. She is currently pursuing a BFA at Cooper Union, New York. She is in Winnipeg as part of the exhibition Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art at Gallery 1C03, curated by Noor Bhangu.