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Afro-Asian Poetics, Music, and Solidarity

28oct2:00 pm3:30 pmAfro-Asian Poetics, Music, and SolidarityCelebrating the Release of the Afro-Asian Index with a Writing Workshop, Community Sharing, Art Installation and More

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Join us as we celebrate the release of the Afro-Asian Poetic Index with two art installations —  the Afro-Asian Poetic Pantry and Presence  — at the MoCADA Abolition House.

The Afro-Asian Poetic Pantry is a dynamic installation that melds poetry, literature, media art, food, and participation, all aimed at healing, remembering, and forging renewed bonds of community and solidarity between Black and Asian communities.

The Afro-Asian Poetic Index is a public resource edited by Dennica Pearl Worrell, Margaret Rhee, Kate McDonough, and Johann Yamin that includes over 60 initial entries of links, websites, and biographies gathering artists, activists, scholars, books, collections, and movements recognizing Afro-Asia as an artistic, social, and political act of resistance.

Also on view is Presence by Malaika Temba & Sunnie Liu, a dynamic two-channel video installation reflecting the anonymous responses of Harlem and Chinatown communities against the proposed new jails, fostering interwoven struggles, liberation, and abolitionist reimaginings.

This celebration will feature poetry, sharings, a workshop, and musical performances from contributors to the Afro-Asian Index, Poetic Pantry, and Presence:

  • Kate McDonough, Johann Yaminm Maya Marshall, Margaret Rhee,
  • Artist talk for Presence by Malaika Temba & Sunnie Liu
  • Featured Performers: Rohan Zhou-Lee and Dennica Pearl Worrell


WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2023

TIME: 2:00pm-3:30 pm

LOCATION: MoCADA Abolition House, Governors Island




A special writing workshop will be held in the installation space from 1- 1:30 pm earlier that day featuring live music from Dennica Worrell and facilitation by Johann Yamin, Kate McDonough, and Margaret Rhee.

Presence by Malaika Temba & Sunnie Liu and the Afro-Asian Index and Afro-Asian Poetic Pantry of Solidarities by Margaret Rhee are projects from The Bandung Residency 2023 by The Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4).

Organized by The Palah Light Lab, The New School

For more information: https://palahlightlab.org


Ferry route to Governors Island from Lower Manhattan:




October 28, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm(GMT+00:00)


MoCADA Abolition House on Governors Island

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