Curator and Dec/Jan guest critic Jasmine Wahi is joined by artist Jaret Vadera and poet K. Desireé Milwood for a dialogue on hybridity and the “third space” from the social to the political and everything in between. We’ll conclude with a reading by K. Desireé Milwood.
Jasmine Wahi is the Holly Block Social Justice Curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Founder + Co-Director of Project for Empty Space, a Newark, NJ based non profit organization that supports artists who are interested in social discourse and activism. Her practice predominantly focuses on issues of female empowerment, complicating binary structures within social discourses, and exploring multi-positional cultural identities through the lens of intersectional feminism. In 2019, Wahi joined the TED speaker family with her first TEDx talk on intersectionality and visibility, entitled All The Women In Me Are Tired. Her work has been highlighted in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, ArtNews, ARTSY, Vogue, NowThis, and Breitbart News. Wahi is a Visiting Critic at Yale University, and a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts: MFA Fine Arts department. Jasmine Wahi received her Masters in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She lives with her chihuahua mutt, Momo, in Brooklyn.
Jaret Vadera is a transdisciplinary artist whose work examines how images colonize the ways that we see the worlds around and within us. Vadera hacks different visual systems, and rewires them to rupture, self-destruct, and open up parallel ways of seeing. His work is influenced by decolonial theory, science fiction, and the study of impossible objects. Vadera’s prints, collages, sculptures, videos, and installations have been exhibited and screened internationally at venues such as: Queens Museum, MoMA, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Asia Society, Aga Khan Museum, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, and the Maraya Art Centre. In parallel, Vadera has worked as a curator, programmer, and writer on projects that focus on art as a catalyst for cultural change. Vadera lives and works between the United States, Canada, and India. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
we’re fortunate to have
K. Desireé Milwood
K. Desireé Milwood
K. Desireé Milwood is a Panamanian-American poet & author of Poems for My Namesake released in 2016. She is known for her witty & thought provoking style of haiku. She currently resides & creates in Newark, New Jersey.