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Liminal Space exhibition

Up through October, 2017 | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora InstituteNew York, NY

Migration is perhaps the defining movement of our time — for both the ones who leave and the ones left behind. Curated by OF NOTE founder and curator Grace Aneiza Ali, Liminal Space brings together artists of Guyanese heritage, who via photography, painting, sculpture, installation, video, textile and mixed-media, bear witness to what drives one from their homeland as well as what keeps one psychically tethered to it. “Liminal” from the Latin word limens means “threshold”— a place of transition, waiting, and unknowing. [View: The Guyana Issue]



Upcoming Events

Art Talk: All That Glitters is El Dorado  

Saturday July 25, 2017 | 6:00pm | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora InstituteNew York, NY

Liminal Space artists Damali Abrams, Victor Davson, and Suchitra Mattai will join curator Grace Aneiza Ali in a conversation on how their work invokes Guyana’s history and mythology – such as the mythical city of gold, El Dorado. They will also speak about the significance of the materials they use to explore fantasy, folklore, carnival, masquerade, and Hindu and Voodoo religious practices, which involve glitter and gold as adornments of ritual space. GENERAL ADMISSION: Free with RSVP, register here. Suggested donation is $5.00 [View: The Guyana Issue]



Past Events

Opening Reception: Liminal Space 

Saturday June 17, 2017 | 3:00 – 5:00pm | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora InstituteNew York, NY

Join us for the opening of our Liminal Space exhibition curated by OF NOTE founder and curator Grace Aneiza Ali. Migration is perhaps the defining movement of our time — for both the ones who leave and the ones left behind. Liminal Space brings together artists of Guyanese heritage, who via photography, painting, sculpture, installation, video, textile and mixed-media, bear witness to what drives one from their homeland as well as what keeps one psychically tethered to it. “Liminal” from the Latin word limens means “threshold”— a place of transition, waiting, and unknowing. [View: The Guyana Issue]



50in50: Writing Women Into Existence

Sunday May 14, 2017 | 3:00 – 5:00pm | The Billy Holiday TheatreBrooklyn, NY

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. [View: The Girls Issue]



Empower Hour  

Tuesday April 18, 2017 | 11:30am – 1:00pm | NYU Tandon School of EngineeringNew York

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. [View: The Girls Issue]




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

Thursday April 6, 2017 | 6:00pm | NYU Florence Villa La PietraFlorence, Italy

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.



Women in Photography and Film 

Wednesday March 1, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:30pm | International Center of Photography SchoolNew York, NY

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. [View: The Girls Issue]




the caribbean digital III

Friday December 2, 2016 | 9:00am – 7:30pm | Columbia UniversityNew York, NY 

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. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Women Picturing Revolution

Wednesday November 16, 2016 | 7:00 – 9:30pm | International Center of PhotographyNew York, NY 

womenrevolution2Against the backdrop of ongoing chaos, women are documenting wars, conflicts, crises, and revolutions, in both private realms and public spaces. 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. [View: The Girls Issue]


First Person Plural: Writers Respond to the Presidential Election

Tuesday November 15, 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00pm | Shrine World Music Venue – New York , NY

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.




Transition 121: Readings from Childhood

Monday November 7, 2016 | 7:00pm | Harvard Book Store – Cambridge, MA

transitionJoin Transition magazine at the Harvard Book Store for the launch of issue 121 “Childhood.”  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. In addition, the issue features the photo-based work of several Guyanese artists exploring the theme of “homeland” curated by Grace Aneiza Ali. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Imagining the Guyanas: Ecologies of Memory and Movement

October 27-29, 2016 | University of London London, United Kingdom

imaginingtheguyanasThis conference seeks to engage the landscapes of memory as they are intertwined with the politics and ecologies of place and movement.  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. [View: The Guyana Issue]



Visually Speaking: James Barnor

Monday October 3, 2016 | 7:00pm | Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – New York, NY 

jamesbarnorJames Barnor is credited with documenting two iconic times in history and being an advocate of diversifying the field of photography.  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.



Un | Fixed: A Dinner Party

Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 6:00pm | Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art – Newark, NJ

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.  [View: The Guyana Issue]


Un | Fixed Homeland presented by Curator Grace Aneiza Ali 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | Independent Curators InternationalNew York, NY

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.” Ali developed her exhibition during the course of the Curatorial Intensive in Fall 2014.  [View: The Guyana Issue]


Un | Fixed Homeland Artist Talk and Film Screening

Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 2:00 – 4:00pm | Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art – Newark, NJ 

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. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Opening Reception: Un | Fixed Homeland

Sunday, July 17, 2016 | 2:00 – 5:00pm | Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art – Newark, NJ

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. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Items: Is Fashion Modern? | Abecedarium at MoMA

Monday, May 16, 2016 |9:30am – 6:15pm | Museum of Modern ArtNew York, NY

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.  [View: The Burqa Issue]



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

Sunday March 6, 2016 | 3:00 – 5:00pm | Pen and BrushNew York, NY


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. [View: The Burqa Issue]



Artists, Social Change and the Role of Journalism 

Spring 2016 | NYU Tisch School of the ArtsNew York, NY 

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. [View: The Water Issue]


Smoke and Mirrors: Restitution and the Temporal Black Body

May 28-31 2015 | New York UniversityFlorence, Italy 

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. [View: The Guyana Issue]


A Conversation on Photography in Ethiopia and Guyana

Tuesday April 28, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | Independent Curators International – New York, NY 

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. [View: The Guyana Issue]


A Portrait of Migration in the Guyana Photographic Archive

Saturday April 25, 2015 | Colby CollegeWaterville, ME


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. [View: The Guyana Issue]



Life in Prison: Artists Bear Witness 

Thursday November 13, 2014 |6:00pm. | MISTNew York, NY

Grace Before Dying. © Lori Waselchuk

The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and OF NOTE 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. [View: The Imprisoned Issue]



Contemporary Caribbean Visual Culture: Artistic Visions of Global Citizenship

Wednesday June 12, 2014 | University of BirminghamBirmingham, United Kingdom


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



Visually Speaking: A Worldview from Guyana

Thursday April 24, 2014 | 6:30pm| Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureNew York, NY 

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. [View: The Guyana Issue]


My Culture, Your Culture

Saturday April 12, 2014 | 9:00am | Lycée Français de New York – New York, NY 

7407870Cultural Identity: Mosaic or Melting Pot

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? With Grace Aneiza Ali, Founder and Editorial Director, OF NOTE.


Film Screening: GIRL RISING

Thursday March 13, 2014 | 6:30pm | Center for Worker Education  — New York, NY

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. Post-screening panel featuring Grace Aneiza Ali, Editorial Director of OF NOTE, photographer Zoraida Lopez, and artist Andrea Arroyo. Co-sponsored with The Center for Worker Education at The City College of New York. [View: The Girls Issue]




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