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SALWA Gatherings #2

Casco Art Institute

To be able to enjoy the fruits of our labour in the future, we need to lay the groundwork and prepare the soil. After an exciting first Gathering Roots & Routes, SALWA returns with Resilient Grounds, a two-day event opening up conversations on how to create long-lasting infrastructures or models around care, so that we can collectively find joy and flourish, starting from the premise that one needs to be where one can grow roots.

How can one deal with hard and rotten soil where the old roots are still in place? What kind of meeting grounds can we bring into being from where we can collectively articulate, explore, and challenge the current realities we are facing?

The two-day program will unfold around practices that demand, as is the case with the delicate work of replanting, tender hands that can bring about nourishment and understanding. For SALWA's work with artists that are new in the Netherlands and who have often gone through traumatic experiences, it is important to have conversations about resilience, care for the self and community, survivor guilt, and solidarity. Within the building of Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons you are invited to come together for performances, talks and an exhibition.

As The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux we are very excited to support the participation of Abdullah Qureshi from Finland!

Abdullah Qureshi, photo by Hammas Wali

Abdullah Qureshi is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator. Rooted in traditions of abstraction, he incorporates gestural, poetic, and hybrid methodologies to address autobiography, trauma, and sexuality through painting, filmmaking, and immersive events. Through his ongoing doctoral project, Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias, he examines formations of queer identity and resistance in Muslim migratory contexts. Qureshi has exhibited, conducted lectures, paper readings, and artist talks internationally. In 2017, Qureshi received the Art and International Cooperation fellowship at Zurich University of the Arts, and in 2018, a research fellowship at the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, Boston. In 2019, he joined the Centre for Feminist Research, York University, Toronto as a visiting graduate student. Qureshi is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Aalto University, Espoo, and Sessional Faculty at OCAD University, Toronto.

Other confirmed artists include: Nour Sokhon, Tewa Barroso, Yusser Salih, Jasmin Sharif, Espacio estamos bien (Mariana Jurado & Francisca Khamis) and Giath Taha.

Curated by: Leana Boven, Yara Said and Riad Salameh

Production by: Lucia Fernandez Santoro and Annemarijne Bulsink

Communication and graphic design: Mooni Studio

Content development: Shailoh Philips

View the full programme on the SALWA website.

The SALWA Gatherings generously supported by Mondriaan Fonds and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

The event is in partnership with the Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Goethe Institut Niederlande, and Framer Framed.

Get your tickets for the first Gathering via eventbrite.

Tickets are by donation, all donations are to support the growing community. Suggested donation: 8EUR

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