Sunday October 22

Roya Khadjavi Projects + Frontview for Art and Architecture

2:30-6pm | Panel Discussion

Bread & Salt: Immigration policies, the ban, and their effect on artistic practice and discourse

Middle Eastern and Eastern European cultures share a common tradition of welcoming guests with a symbolic offering of bread and salt. With slightly different variations across regions the essential components of this offering are a symbolic bond of loyalty and friendship showing good will and the desire to create and maintain this bond together. This folk tradition traverses Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

At this point of time when cultures are clashing at the intersections of politic and economy, we feel that it is necessary to dig into the basics and work on the possibilities of connection. The exchange of bread and salt is an old tradition. It is an effective tool for social interaction and it is based on the concepts of trust, acceptance, loyalty and generosity. We are promoting this method of interaction between our participants. Hence we have named this forthcoming day of conversation, an official program of Asia Contemporary Art Week, that seeks to address immigration policies, the ban, and their effect on artistic practice and discourse; Bread & Salt.

The central goal of Bread & Salt is to promote reflection on the challenges, needs, and possible approaches towards immigration from the perspective of cultural policies and cultural management in New York City. In Collaboration with ICON (Iranian Community of North East) and Nahid Siamdoost (author, journalist and professor at NYU Steinhardt)- an urgent and timely discussion with artists, policy makers, cultural producers, and institutional leaders, including Shahrzad Changalvaee (Artist), Felicity Hogan (Director of NYFA learning), Siddhartha Joag (Artist-, Clarinda Mac Low (Director, Culture Push), Sebastien Sanz Santamaria (Director of Residency Unlimited), Laurel Ptak (Director, Art in General), Diya Vij (Special Projects, Commissioner’s Unit NYC Department of Cultural Affairs) and Laura Raicovich (Director, Queens Museum). Participating Artist: Basim Mardan, Poet Pen International

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