Rewriting Events: Performance, News, and Violence in Bhanu Kapil's Poems
JUly 17, 2018, 5–6:30pm
Bea Huff Hunter
Kapil, Bhanu. Ban en Banlieue. New York: Nightboat Books, 2016. [PDF of first half of the book.]
Explore some of the ways that visual art and writing come face to face in this summer reading group. Read texts by artists and scholars, reflect on interdisciplinary relationships, and write your own experimental drafts. RSVP for one session or follow along for the season.
Ban en Banlieue is partly a response to writer, artist, and activist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s murder, partly an exploration of poet Bhanu Kapil's childhood stories and adulthood performances, and partly an impossible struggle to memorialize the rape of a young Indian girl walking home alone during a race riot.
We'll specifically consider the ways in which Kapil describes and overwrites her own visual and sound-based performance art, drawing upon images of performances of violence, including those of Ana Mendieta. If there's interest, we'll write about works of art we've experienced, too, and how they might connect to memory and identity, to knowing and to not knowing.
Ahn, Abe. "A Korean American Artist Who Grappled With Losing Her Voice and Roots." Hyperallergic. [Link - on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha]
Browne, Laynie. "A conversation with Bhanu Kapil." Jacket2 [Link]
Conner, Allison. "Poetry in Ruins." Jacket2 [Link]
Kapil, Bhanu. "Poetry Reading at Kelly Writers House." PennSound. [Link to video and MP3.]
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