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Upcoming Events


50in50: Writing Women Into Existence

Sunday May 14, 2017 | 3:00 – 5:00pm

image004Join us for a groundbreaking event that places the diverse, rich and challenging perspectives of women and girls from all walks of life at the center. These stories will be read by an ensemble of women performers in an astounding 90-minute journey of truth, humor and strength.  Grace Aneiza Ali’s essay, “Storms,” will be read.



50in50: Writing Women Into Existence
The Billy Holiday Theatre |  1368 Fulton Street | Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Past Events

Empower Hour  

Tuesday April 18, 2017 | 11:30am – 1:00pm

empowerhourJoin Office of Student Activities and Resource Center once a month during the spring semester as we discuss the influence of gender roles in our daily lives. April’s Empower Hour session will feature presentations from Yomi Abola and Grace Aneiza Ali.

Empower Hour
NYU Tandon School of Engineering |  5 Metrotech Center  | New York, NY 11201


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Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man”: Re-visited, Re-applied, & Re-purposed  

Thursday April 6, 2017 | 6:00pm

Ralph“Invisible Man” is only the beginning. The collected essays in “Shadow and Act” and “Going to the Territory”, by Ellison, offers a rich perspective with historical significance for the discussants to consider Ellison’s cultural criticism and how he conceptualized art as an “aspect of morality.” Ellison often talked about the “complexity of the Negro experience.” It is this complexity that serves as a foundation of exploration for us all. With Grace Aneiza Ali.


Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man”: Re-visited, Re-applied, & Re-purposed
NYU Florence Villa La Pietra | Via Bolognese 120 | Florence, Italy 10036

Women in Photography and Film 

Wednesday March 1, 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm

mariaburnsJoin us for a discussion about, with, and in support of women working in photography and film with ICP alumni Maria Burns, Nadia Hallgren, and Mae Ryan. This program will be moderated by producer, editor, and curator Grace Aneiza Ali.

Women in Photography and Film 
International Center of Photography School | 1114 Avenue of the Americas | New York, NY 10036

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the caribbean digital III

Friday December 2, 2016 | 9am-7:30pm

caribbeandigitalOver the course of this day of multiform panel presentations, we will engage critically with the digital as praxis, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social, historical, and geo-political contours of the Caribbean and its diasporas. Grace Aneiza Ali will be presenting on Un | Fixed Homeland, an exhibition featuring 13 inter-generational artists of Guyanese heritage, as part of the Multimedia Melting Pots track.

the caribbean digital III
Columbia University | 116th St. & Broadway | New York, NY 10027

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Women Picturing Revolution

Wednesday November 16, 2016 | 7-9:30pm

womenrevolution2Against the backdrop of ongoing chaos, women are documenting wars, conflicts, crises, and revolutions, in both private realms and public spaces. Their work ranges from fine art photography—made as a personal response to forced silence, political oppression, and/or the inability to act—to photojournalism, documenting political and social upheaval. Featuring contemporary imagemakers in conversation, the Women Picturing Revolution panel will examine not only these photographs, but also the conditions under which women make such compelling images. In dialogue with photographers who engage these issues, the panel will aim to reclaim and retell a history that is both radical and necessary. Grace Aneiza Ali will be moderating.

Women Picturing Revolution
International Center of Photography | 1114 Avenue of the Americas | New York, NY 10036

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First Person Plural: Writers Respond to the Presidential Election

Tuesday November 15, 2016 | 7-9pm

fpp-poster-111516-finalOn Tuesday, November 15th, FPP will focus on the 2016 presidential election. As in: what just happened? We have a fantastic lineup of writers to help us make sense of – or complicate further – what has been a wild and wrenching year: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin; Grace Aneiza Ali; Hafizah Geter; Max S. Gordon; Hajar Husseini; Morgan Jerkins; and Chris Prioleau. We want to hear from you, too. Audience participation will be part of this program.

First Person Plural: Writers Respond to the Presidential Election
Shrine World Music Venue | 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. | New York, NY 10030

Transition 121: Readings from Childhood

Monday November 7, 2016 | 7pm

transitionJoin Transition magazine at the Harvard Book Store for the launch of issue 121 “Childhood.” Guest editor Amy Fish will be joined by Chris King, Grace Aneiza Ali, Niousha Roshani, Aaron Brown, and local youth writers for readings from the issue and beyond. In issue 121, authors consider symbolic and ideological deployments of black childhood and explore children’s lived experiences—from nineteenth century Yorubaland, to 1920s France, to present day Colombia, South Africa, and the United States. Others reflect on personal coming-of-age experiences, while youth poets examine black childhood from the brink of adulthood. In addition, the issue features the photo-based work of several Guyanese artists exploring the theme of “homeland” curated by Grace Aneiza Ali.

Transition 121 Event: Readings from Childhood
Harvard Book Store | 1256 Massachucetts Ave. | Cambridge, MA 02138

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Imagining the Guyanas: Ecologies of Memory and Movement

October 27-29, 2016

imaginingtheguyanasThis conference seeks to engage the landscapes of memory as they are intertwined with the politics and ecologies of place and movement. These areas (French Guyane, Guyana, and Suriname) have been scarred by colonization and ethnic violence, their resources have been plundered, enormous political and ecological disasters have resulted. How are the changes within the ecological-scape articulated in the different communities that have been transported, or migrated, to and from one of these countries? Grace Aneiza Ali will be presenting on Un | Fixed Homeland, an exhibition featuring 13 inter-generational artists of Guyanese heritage exploring migration and the diaspora.

Imagining the Guyanas: Ecologies of Memory and Movement
University of London, Senate House | Malet St. | London, UK

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Visually Speaking: James Barnor

Monday October 3, 2016

jamesbarnorJames Barnor is credited with documenting two iconic times in history and being an advocate of diversifying the field of photography. At the age of 17, a camera given to Barnor by his headmaster would serve as a catalyst for his lifelong career as a photographer and photojournalist of changing societies. In his early 20s he created Ever Young, a portrait studio in Jamestown Accra. His photographs documented the transition of Ghana to an independent country, and portrayed Britain’s transition to a multicultural society in the 60s. Barnor will share his visual ethos and discuss the critically-acclaimed retrospective solo exhibition of his works, Ever Young. This discussion will be moderated by Grace Ali, faculty member in the Department of Art & Public Policy at New York University and Founder/Editorial Director of OF NOTE, an-award winning online magazine on art and activism.


Visually Speaking: James Barnor
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | 515 Malcolm X Boulevard | New York, NY 10037

Un | Fixed: A Dinner Party

Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 6pm

frank-bowling-mothers-house-with-beware-of-the-dog-1966Join us at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art for a private dinner party to celebrate “Un | Fixed Homeland,” which features 13 emerging and established global artists of Guyanese heritage who examine the complex relationship to “homeland” through photography and photography-based art. In this intimate event, guests dine in the gallery among the exhibition’s artwork and enjoy both traditional and nouveau Guyanese cuisine, specially prepared by Guyanese-born chef Marilyn Lawrie-Rogers, to complement the exhibition’s vibrant themes.

Un | Fixed: A Dinner Party
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art | 591 Broad St. | Newark, NJ 07102

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Un | Fixed Homeland Presented by Grace Aneiza Ali at Independent Curators International

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 6:30-8pm

iciCuratorial Intensive alum Grace Aneiza Ali will speak about the development and curatorial thinking behind her latest exhibition, Un | Fixed Homeland, currently on view at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ (through September 23, 2016). Un | Fixed Homeland brings together thirteen emerging and established Guyanese artists who, via photography and photography-based art, examine the complex relationship to “homeland.” These artists explore how a homeland can be both fixed and unfixed: a constantly shifting idea and memory, as well as a physical place, a psychic space. Ali developed her exhibition during the course of the Curatorial Intensive in Fall 2014.

Un | Fixed Homeland Presented by Grace Aneiza Ali
Independent Curators International | 401 Broadway Suite 1620 | New York, NY 10013

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Un | Fixed Homeland Artist Talk and Film Screening

Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 2-4pm

13765834_10154372924316882_7595832595741361711_oJoin us for an artist talk with Kwesi Abbensetts and guest curator Grace Aneiza Ali in conversation and a screening of the short film, “The Seawall” by filmmaker Mason Richards. New York-based artist Kwesi Abbensetts will present a talk on the use of his personal photographs of Guyana and his creative process to create the new mixed-media work, Pieces of Land, From Where I Have Come, 2016 for the exhibition Un | Fixed Homeland. He will join guest curator, Grace Aneiza Ali for a conversation on the exhibition’s larger themes of how artists unpack the global realities of migration, tease out symbols of decay and loss, and explore the experiences of displacement and dislocation.

The event will also include a special screening of the award-winning short film, “The Seawall” by Guyanese-born filmmaker Mason Richards who will be joining the conversation from Los Angeles via Skype. The Seawall, an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival-Court Mertrage (2011), is a moving and gorgeous film that tells a universal story of a young boy about to embark on an odyssey from his familiar home in Guyana to a new life in Brooklyn. It’s an immigrant’s tale, and a journey made by the filmmaker himself.

Un | Fixed Homeland Artist Talk and Film Screening
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art | 591 Broad St. | Newark, NJ 07102

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Opening reception: Un | Fixed Homeland

Sunday, July 17, 2016 | 2-5pm

Un | Fixed Homeland brings together an inter-generational roster of thirteen emerging and established Guyanese artists who, via photography and photography-based art, examine the complex relationship to “homeland.” These artists explore how a “homeland” can be both fixed and unfixed, a constantly shifting idea and memory, and a physical place and a psychic space. The exhibition’s title reflects the emergence of the Caribbean diaspora in metropolitan cities around the world and speaks to what has become the defining global movement of the 21st century – migration.

On view at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art July 17-September 23, 2016.

Opening reception: Un | Fixed Homeland
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art | 591 Broad St. | Newark, NJ 07102

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Items: Is Fashion Modern? | Abecedarium at MoMA

Monday, May 16, 2016 | 9:30am – 6:15 pm

ABCDTwenty-six iconic garments, accessories, and issues from the fashion universe, spanning the early 20th century to the present, will be discussed in a daylong abecedarium. A dynamic roster of designers, curators, critics, scholars, labor activists, and entrepreneurs will explore these topics — one for each letter of the alphabet — in seven minute vignettes.

Grace Aneiza Ali will be discussing V = Veil.

This event is invitation only, but MoMA will be live streaming the event. It will have real-time captions accessible on any smartphone or tablet.

Items Abecedarium
MoMA | 11 W 53rd St. | New York, NY 10019

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The Art of the Burqa: An Afternoon of Art, Performance, and Dialogue 

Sunday March 6, 2016 | 3-5 pm

burqawinterThe Event
Join OF NOTE Magazine’s featured artists and writers from The Burqa Issue as they explore how deeply complex the burqa is in all its beauty, contradictions, and failures. Co-hosted with Pen + Brush and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.

The Burqa Issue
The burqa—an aesthetically stunning style of the veil, usually blue or black, with a mesh over the eyes—has evolved into the controversial and the divisive. While many employ the burqa as fodder for debate, the artists featured in The Burqa Issue use their creative voice and art practice to trouble our perceptions and examine the complicated experiences of the women who actually wear the burqa—by choice or by force.

In The Burqa Issue, women speak for women. They bring to bear roots from Afghanistan, Algeria, Canada, Guyana, India, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and the US to elevate the voices of the women who wear the burqa.

The Reviews
“Exquisite work. Artwork, writing — you will see, feel differently.” — Stacy Parker Le Melle, Communications Director, Afghan Women’s Writing Project

“Thank you all for putting this issue forward despite the unfolding tragedies in the world. Many would have chickened out and chosen caution to avoid a dialogue about the burqa and Muslim women. . .But you all put it forward and are now encouraging conversation and debate.” — Brishkay Ahmed, Filmmaker

Pen and Brush | 29 E 22nd St. | New York, NY 10010 

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View OF NOTE’s “The Burqa Issue.
Read a recap of the event on ivoh.

View the Gallery below for images of the event. 

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Spring 2016|NYC

Artists, Social Change and the Role of Journalism 

tischGrace Aneiza Ali will be teaching undergraduate and graduate students at NYU Tisch this spring a course on Artists, Social Change, and the Role of Journalism. The course will explore the question: “As the definitions of art activism continue to evolve and shift, how does journalism report, question, document, archive, and cull new language that thoughtfully and critically examines this intersection?” Students will participate in the editorial process of creating an issue for OF NOTE magazine from start to finish – selecting artists, writing articles, and serving as editors for their peers. (Image: NYU)

January  2016

Grace Aneiza Ali Appointed to ivoh’s Board of Trustees 

ivoh-welcomesnew-trustees-660x325Grace Aneiza Ali has officially joined the board of trustees at Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the media’s role as an agent of change and world benefit. Ali was a 2014 ivoh Award of Appreciation winner and a judge for ivoh’s 2015 awards. “I’m both deeply honored and humbled to join the IVOH board and to be of service to this meaningful and necessary work. What ivoh stands for is something I want to be and need to be part of,” she says. Ali joins 12 other trustees who are serving on ivoh’s board. (Image: ivoh)


May 28-31 2015|ITALY

Smoke and Mirrors: Restitution and the Temporal Black Body

Events OF NOTE Grace Aneiza Ali examines the archival collection, “Stanley Field Expedition to British Guiana in 1922,” owned by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. This American scientific collection is a significant contribution to the developing photographic history of Guyana. These images lend insight into the intersecting histories, cultural dynamics, and racial tensions between Afro and Indo Guyanese. They articulate how black and brown bodies are bonded in their complex relationships to the politics of migration. (Image: The Field Museum Library at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois (Digital Identifier: CSB43740).

Black Portraiture[s] II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories 
New York University, | Florence, Italy.

View OF NOTE’s “The Guyana Issue.” 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Conversation on Photography in Ethiopia and Guyana

Curator of the Addis Foto Fest, Aida Muluneh, forges new platforms to explore the ways in which the image of Africa is projected in the global world. Grace Aneiza Ali, a recent Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow, explores how photographers in Guyana and its diaspora are countering the “picturing paradise” narrative the global public often sees of the Caribbean/South American region. Muluneh and Ali will engage in a conversation about photography in Ethiopia and Guyana. (Image: Karran Sahadeo (Guyana), Untitled (blue), 2014. Digital Print, 11.7 x 16.5”, image courtesy of the artist.)

Independent Curators International | 401 Broadway | New York, NY [RSVP]

View OF NOTE’s “The Guyana Issue.” 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Portrait of Migration in the Guyana Photographic Archive


A talk examining a selection of portraits from the Colonial Office Photographic Collection (British Guiana, 1870-1931) found at the National Archives, London. These posed portraits of Chinese and East Indian immigrants unearth the underbelly of the indentured experience in Guyana and underscore the relationship between photography and migration.


Photography and Migration Conference | Colby College | Waterville, Maine.

View OF NOTE’s “The Guyana Issue.” 


Thursday, November 13, 2014 |6 p.m.

Life in Prison: Artists Bear Witness 

Grace Before Dying. © Lori Waselchuk

The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and OF NOTE, the award-winning arts & activism magazine, host a conversation with three dynamic artists who use their creative voice to examine the complex experiences, both personal and political, faced by the two million men, women, and youth currently imprisoned in the United States. (Image: “Grace Before Dying,” Lori Waselchuk)

Via theatre, photography, and video, these artists Lori Waselchuk, Samara Gaev, and Russell Frederick illuminate the ways in which our society treats those within our prison systems with compelling work that engages and troubles our notions of ‘justice.’

Hosts: Samuel Roberts, Ph.D. (Director, IRAAS) and Grace Aneiza Ali (Founder/Editorial Director, OF NOTE)

MIST | 46 West 116th Street | New York, NY 10026[RSVP]

View OF NOTE’s “The Imprisoned Issue.”

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Wednesday, June 12, 2014

Contemporary Caribbean Visual Culture: Artistic Visions of Global Citizenship


OF NOTE’s Grace Aneiza Ali speaks on “Guyana Family Photographs: Agents of Social Memory and Citizenship.”

The Caribbean Visual Culture conference explores some of the key thematic priorities and political challenges which have begun to define Caribbean visual culture since the beginning of the twenty first century. The conference will address the cultural predicaments staged in the visual cultures of the English, Spanish, French and Dutch Caribbean. It also seeks to address the way different versions of the Caribbean are created and recreated within contemporary US and European contexts. Contemporary Caribbean visual practices, through multiple, often disturbing mechanisms, continue to wrestle with the nation-diaspora polemic which was an important feature of various twentieth-century cultural and political agendas. More importantly, however, they also propose new insights on questions of citizenship and new ways of interpreting globalization and transnationalism.

Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham | Birmingham | United Kingdom.

View OF NOTE’s “The Guyana Issue.” 

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.

Visually Speaking: A Worldview from Guyana

scarville_passports_xMany contemporary depictions of Guyana and its people—whether via the image or the written word—continue to center on the exotic, the colonial, and the touristic. Award-winning photographers and Artists OF NOTE, Nikki Kahn and Keisha Scarville, will share their artistic visions and portfolios and explore their ongoing work to tell Guyana’s stories and to counter historic and contemporary stereotypes about the former British colony and its wide-reaching Diaspora.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | FREE RSVP

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10030 [Directions]


Visually Speaking is a photographic conversation series focused on highlighting the works and life experiences of photographers and industry insiders through their distinct visual lens and insight. Moderated by Grace Aneiza Ali, founder, Of Note Magazine, and curated by Terrence Jennings.

View OF NOTE’s “The Guyana Issue.” 

Image: Keisha Scarville. Untitled, Passports series, 2013. Mixed media, 7 x 5”. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

My Culture, Your Culture

7407870Cultural Identity: Mosaic or Melting Pot
Moderated by Sean Lynch, Head of LFNY

A discussion of cultural identity in a globalized society.  What does it mean to be multicultural, and what challenges does it pose for society? How do we support expatriate and immigrant children to thrive in the environment of a new country? How do we educate our children and our communities to prevent discrimination?

  • Grace Aneiza Ali, Founder and Editorial Director, OF NOTE
  • Gérard Bouchard, Historian, Sociologist, and Lecturer, University of Québec, Chicoutimi
  • Ruth Van Reken, Author and Co-Founder, “Families in Global Transition” annual conference
  • Patrick Savidan, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Poitiers University in France


Lycée Français de New York, 505 East 75th Street, New York, NY  10021 [RSVP]

Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.

Film Screening: GIRL RISING

Girl RisingGirl Rising journeys around the globe to witness nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. [View the Trailer]

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. | RSVP

Center for Worker Education
25 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, New York [Directions]

Post-Screening Panel featuring:
Grace Aneiza Ali, Editorial Director, OF NOTE.
Zoraida Lopez, Photographer, “Girls Caught in Colombia’s Drug Wars.”
Andrea Arroyo, Artist, “Flor de Tierra, Homage to the Women of Juárez, Mexico  

Co-sponsored with The Center for Worker Education at The City College of New York. 

View OF NOTE’s “The Girls Issue.”

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