Ugly Duckling Presse

Wed Jan 24, 7:00 PM

And/With: Baseera Khan, Göksu Kunak, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn

For the first “And/With” event of 2018, Belladonna* is proud to partner with Pioneer Works to co-present an event featuring three multidisciplinary artists: Baseera Khan, Göksu Kunak, and Maryam Monalisa Gharavi.

The event will include a reading room, a wine reception, and a Q&A after the performances.

FREE and Open to Public.

New chaplets by each reader will be released at the night of the event!

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BASEERA KHAN is a New York-based artist whose work share experiences of exile and kinship shaped by economic, social, and political events. She mixes popular consumer culture and experiences of spirituality – with a special interest in decolonization practices. Khan recently exhibited her first solo exhibition, iamuslima, at Participant Inc. Gallery, NY which is currently traveling throughout the U.S. (2017-18). In the past year, Khan has performed at Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, Queens Museum, NY, and ArtPop Montreal International Music Festival (2017). Khan attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014), International Travel Fellow to Israel/Palestine through Apexart (2015), was an Artist in Residence at Process Space LMCC (2015) and was an Artist in Residence at Abrons Art Center, NYC (2016-17). She’ll be a resident at Pioneer Works in 2018. Her work ahas been published in Artforum Magazine, Art in America, BOMB Magazine, and OSMOSMagazine. Khan is part-time faculty at Parsons, The New School for Design. She received her M.F.A at Cornell University (2012) and B.F.A from the University of North Texas (2005).

MARYAM MONALISA GHARAVI is an artist, poet, and theorist. Her work in film, video, performance, text, photography, drawing, and sound explores the interplay between aesthetic and political valences in the public domain. Book publications include a translation of Waly Salomão’s Algaravias: Echo Chamber (Ugly Duckling Presse), nominated for a 2017 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; the poetry volume The Distancing Effect (BlazeVOX); and the artist publication Apparent Horizon 2 (Bonington Gallery). Exhibitions, publications, lectures, and residencies include Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Art Dubai, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Triple Canopy, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Women and Performance, The White Review, The New Museum, Transition, Asymptote, The Literary Review, Valand Academy, Darat al Funun, Delfina Foundation, among others. She completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film & Visual Studies at Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Film/Video at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She is author of the open text South/South. In 2017 she is an artist-in-residence at Wysing Arts Centre in the United Kingdom.

GOKSU KUNAK (Ankara, 1985) a.k.a Gucci Chunk is a writer based in Berlin. Ze performed zir texts and lectures at Batard Brussels 2016 (invited by Tom Engels), Stadtsprachen Festival 2016, Poesie Festival 2017, Fuchsbau Festival 2017, BDP reading series at Tropez Berlin curated by John Holten. Zir texts have been published on the official page of The Absence of Paths, the Official Tunisian Pavillion of the 57th Venice Biennial and on the blog The History of Painting Revisited in collaboration with Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle for the Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective. Invited by Meg Stuart and Maria F. Scaroni, as a part of City Lights — a continuous gathering, ze had the pleasure to perform with amazing female artists of Berlin at the old and renowned theater Hebbel am Ufer. As an art-dance critic, Göksu has been contributing to several magazines and blogs such as frieze d/e, Ibraaz, m-est, TanzRaumBerlin, Berlin Art Link, sleek, e-skop, crap=good, The Carton, Paper Journal, Freunde von Freunden. Göksu has conducted interviews with various artists, curators, directors such as Hito Steyerl, Meg Stuart, Ahmet Öğüt, Monira Al Qadiri, Hanne Lippard, Annemie Vanackere. Ze is one of the editorial correspondents of Ibraaz, worked in the editorial team of quarterly interview magazine mono.kultur (2012-2016) and as a writer and project developer.with Apartment Project Berlin (2012-2014). Göksu is one of the co-founders of the blog Viereinhalbsaetze that consists of 4,5-sentence-dance-criticism. Ze is working on zir PhD on queer chronopolitics in relation to performance and contemporary dance with Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst. Göksu’s flash stories and poems, as well as interviews and essays, can be read on or

Curated by Ana Paula and Asiya Wadud.

Belladonna* Collaborative’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Pioneer Works is a cultural center dedicated to experimentation, education and production across disciplines. Through a broad range of educational programs, performances, residencies and exhibitions, Pioneer Works transcends disciplinary boundaries to foster a community where alternative modes of thought are activated and supported.

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