Reading Between the Lines – Session 2

Jameel Arts Centre in collaboration with the Ishara Art Foundation presents a three-part workshop comprising of reading circles, a public talk and a film-screening as a companion to the exhibition ‘Proposals for a Memorial for Partition’. Reading Between the Lines revisits the history of South Asia’s Partition through narratives that complicate the idea of political and cartographic borders by attending to stories of internal social partitions around gender, caste and language.

The workshop is conducted in English and each session requires pre-registration separately (limited seats, on first come first served basis).

Registration is now closed for this event.

To register or learn more about the other sessions of Reading Between the Lines and programming in conjunction with the exhibition Proposal for a Memorial to Partition, please visit the links below.

Reading Between the Lines: Session 1

Reading Between the Lines: Session 3

Public Talk: Urvashi Butalia

The second session of ‘Reading Between the Lines’ is a reading circle that focuses on Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant that was published in 2011. Delving into concepts such as ambient citizenship and the violence of political fantasy in the 21st century elaborated in the book, the session attempts to read the history and contemporary struggles in Kashmir and what it means to occupy a space of affective affinities and quiet resistance.

The reading group takes place at Jameel Arts Centre and is moderated by Nabla Yahya along with Sabih Ahmed. Conducted in English, pre-registration is mandatory as there are limited seats only. Participants must be over the age of 18. Participants will be provided with an excerpt from the book upon registration.


About the moderators

Nabla Yahya (b. 1993) is an artist, in flux. Her practice stems from an architectural education and moves into the realm of the metaphysical. She is interested in celluloid, earth and the ethereal.

Sabih Ahmed is the Associate Director and Curator at the Ishara Art Foundation in Dubai. His curatorial work and research focus on modern and contemporary art of South Asia through diverse itineraries, languages and inter-disciplinary formations. Prior to Ishara, Ahmed was a Senior Researcher and Projects Manager at Asia Art Archive from 2009 to 2019, a visiting faculty at the Ambedkar University Delhi, and involved in independent curatorial projects that include being a curatorial collegiate member of the 11th Shanghai Biennale curated by Raqs Media Collective. Sabih is on the Advisory Board of the Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation in Delhi.