Opening of the Warp & Weft [Face to Face] at RoCo | Artist Talk by Mara Ahmed

The opening of the Warp & Weft [Face to Face] at Rochester Contemporary Art Center on April 1st this year was such a significant moment – for us as a community, being able to come together in the physical space of an art gallery to celebrate our stories, and for me personally, being able to return home to Rochester and be surrounded by people I love. I gave an artist talk and pondered the problematic history and liberatory potential of the archive. I referenced Baseera Khan and Gil Hochberg’s work. Shot by Rajesh Barnabas, here is a short video that captures what that evening and talk looked and felt like.

The Warp & Weft is a multilingual audio archive that showcases stories from 2020 and beyond. This presentation at RoCo was a transformation of the archive into a multimedia exhibit including sound, text, photography and animation. Listen to the Warp & Weft stories at

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