SAAID Presents Performances in Response to South Asia’s COVID-19 Crisis

When 22 Jul 2021
5:00PM - 8:00PM
Where MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Queens, NY 11101
United States

Line Up: Rafiq Bhatia and Qasim Naqvi; Sunken Cages (Ravish Momin) and Ivvy; Utsav Lal and Ganavya Doraiswamy; Sonny Singh; DJ Rekha; Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Shiv Kotecha, and Pranav Behari; featuring conversations with Dalit scholar and activist Yashica Dutt, New York State Assembly Member Zohran Kwame Mamdani, and SASI (South Asian Solidarity Initiative) co-founder Prachi Pantankar.

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.

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.

On July 21st, SAAID will be taking over PS1’s Instagram account for 24 hours, raising funds for COVID 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.

On July 22nd, an unforgettable live event will take place from 5pm – 8pm in PS1’s courtyard featuring renowned musicians, poets, dancers, and comedians 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.

From August 2nd – August 16th, SAAID will host an online film program with the Maysles Documentary Center showcasing 10 documentaries that explore the long-standing legacy of grassroots resistance against the violences of caste, capitalism, patriarchy, and settler colonialism in India. 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, Hindutva, settler colonialism, imperialism, and vaccine apartheid.

Tickets: Free with Museum admission, suggested donation $25 + unlimited additional
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Image courtesy of the event organizer.