friends living on long island, pls join us for the opening reception of this exhibition celebrating asian american art. my work is included. on may 6th, 7-9pm, at westbury arts. it’s a free event but registration is needed. hope to see u then.
My artwork has been accepted for Westbury Arts’ Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Exhibition! First time my work will be shown on Long Island! Opening on May 6th, exhibition will be on view until May 27th. Thx Jaishri Abichandani for sharing the open call from Westbury Arts with me.
so much fun with my friend arseniy in brooklyn, where we checked out a terrific exhibition at the brooklyn museum. more about the exhibition and artist soon, but roc friends, spring is here, come and hang out with me in nyc <3
spent the day with ammi abbu in beautiful northport, where we had moroccan chicken sandwiches at bistro 44 and met artist mary ahern at the firefly artists gallery/collective – my first meeting w a local artist.
at frank melville memorial park with ammi, to check out the aftereffects of the snowstorm. the sun is shining with abandon today and the sky this glorious, uninterrupted, intense blue. no filter. birds are making merry and lending a melodious dimension to sun and sky. life is beautiful.
this evening we made some chai and got some methai from bengali sweets, in hicksville, and then went and watched the sunset at west meadow beach, right next to our house. a delicious mix of cold wind, hot tea, and radiant sky and water. sister, ammi, abbu, and the husband – what could be better?
From John Steinbeck’s letter to his eldest son Thom, November 1958:
There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
went with the husband on his run. don’t run but love walking. took pictures and enjoyed the mix of glacial wind and bright sunshine. met kevin who comes often on his bike and told me about the robins and the coming rain storm, on sunday. love west meadow beach <3
yesterday we had high tea (beautifully done by ghanima) with uncle mussawir and his family. we were together in belgium, many years ago. as a child, i remember uncle mussawir well – tall, lean, debonair, always generous and kind. such a treat that his family is now based on long island. from brussels to new york, it’s a small world filled with some lovely people <3
at the people’s forum in manhattan, for the first time ever, to attend the book launch of ‘a land with a people: palestinians and jews confront zionism.’ brilliant space (look at the books and posters) and brilliant event. congrats sarah sills, esther farmer and ros petchesky.
i am reading the book right now and i recommend it strongly. it uses personal stories to deconstruct racist myths and make visible the violence of zionism. as one of the contributors said: it’s not about ethnicity or religion, it’s about supporting colonial regimes or decolonization.
pls read the book and share with others. name and confront zionism just like we name and confront racism, settler colonialism, and white supremacy. imagine a just and hopeful future for all.