MUTUAL AID Fundraiser For COVID-19 Relief Across South Asia hosted by SAAID
Thursday from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
This event will be livestreamed on our Givebutter page: https://givebutter.com/p4SmaM
SAAID presents: South Asian Artists in Diaspora | Performances in response to South Asia’s COVID crisis. THURSDAY JULY 22ND, 5 - 8pm, MoMA PS1 Courtyard SET TIMES: 5-5:45 - DJ Rekha 5:55 - Opening Remarks 6:00-6:20 - Ganavya Doraiswamy + Utsav Lal + Rajna Swaminathan 6:25-6:45 - Vijay Iyer + Rafiq Bhatia + Arooj Aftab 6:45 - Pranav Behari (Comedy) 6:55 - Sunken Cages (Ravish Momin + Sunny Jain) + Ivvy (dance) 7:15 - Shiv Kotecha (Poetry) 7:25 - Sham-e-Ali (Poetry) 7:45 - Sonny Singh
Despite global attention turning elsewhere, the devastation from COVID-19 that swept through South Asia in May during its second wave has and will continue to wreak havoc on the populations of these countries for months to come. Recently, viral images of thousands of bodies washing up on the shore of the Ganges, and months prior, mass sites of bodies burned in piles on top of each other in Delhi, seized the attention of the world. We know that these moments of global arrest that pierce the consciousness of the West in times of emergency often fall back into the same cycles of complacency and compassion fatigue seemingly instantaneously once focus moves elsewhere. We reject that fatigue.
Formed in the wake of these crises, SAAID (South Asian Artists in Diaspora, pronounced like writer and theorist of Orientalism Edward Said) gathered to create intentional space for South Asians looking to organize, educate, and agitate in the aftermath of the COVID crisis across South Asia against the forces that contributed to this crisis in the first place, through the methods closest to us—art and culture.
100% of the proceeds from these events will go towards mutual aid groups and individuals most affected from the COVID crisis across South Asia—Dalit Bahujans, Adivasis, migrant workers, farmers, sex workers, and the LGBTQ+ and Hjira communities.
Please join us as we work to educate, uplift, unlearn with, and activate our diaspora and the arts community at large against the forces of Brahminical supremacy and patriarchy, settler colonialism, imperialism, and vaccine apartheid.
This live event in the MoMA PS1 Courtyard, co-organized by SAAID, features music, poetry, dance, and comedy from artists in the diaspora including Rafiq Bhatia, Qasim Naqvi; Sunken Cages (Ravish Momin) and Ivvy; Utsav Lal, Rajna Swaminathan, Immanuel Wilkins, Ria Modak and Ganavya Doraiswamy; Sonny Singh and Ernest Stuart; DJ Rekha; Sham-e-Ali, Shiv Kotecha, and Pranav Behari. The program will also be livestreamed on this web page.
On the day of the program, SAAID will also be taking over PS1’s Instagram to raise awareness and funds for COVID-19 mutual aid relief across South Asia, featuring conversations with Dalit scholar and activist Yashica Dutt, New York State Assembly Member Zohran Kwame Mamdani, and SASI (South Asia Solidarity Initiative) co-founder Prachi Pantankar.
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