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No Passport Required: Queens, NY

Aired July 31, 2018

Chef Marcus Samuelsson heads to Queens, NY, on the fourth episode of No Passport Required. Inside New York’s largest and most diverse borough, Samuelsson spends time talking with cooks, restaurateurs, and others from the Indo-Guyanese community, learning how they identify with all of the different parts of their culture and uphold it through dance, sports, and — of course — food. With commentary from Grace Aneiza Ali.

Liminal Space: VIP opening preview 

June 7, 2017 | Caribbean Cultural Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)  New York, NY

Liminal Space brought together artists of Guyanese heritage, who via photography, painting, sculpture, installation, video, textile, and mixed-media, bear witness to what drives one from their homeland as well as what keeps one psychically tethered to it. The artworks in Liminal Space engaged hard truths of a country defined by constant departure and deemed a disappearing nation. Yet, the works offered restorative narratives of why this homeland is loved. Etched out in the artists’ visual narratives are tensions conjured up when one floats in liminal space—the land lived in and the land left behind. (See Flickr for more photos.)

Women in Photography and Film 

March 1, 2017 | International Center of Photography — New York, NY

A discussion about, with, and in support of women working in photography and film with ICP alumni Maria Burns, Nadia Hallgren, and Mae Ryan. This program is moderated by producer, editor, and curator Grace Aneiza Ali. (Click photo to be directed to video.)

Liminal Space: 360 View 

June-November, 2017 | Caribbean Cultural Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)  — New York, NY

A multi-layered view of Liminal Space, complete with curatorial statements from Grace Aneiza Ali.

Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man”: Re-visited, Re-applied, & Re-purposed 

Thursday April 6, 2017 | NYU Florence Villa La Pietra Florence, Italy

Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” Re-visited, Re-applied and Re-purposed, was a two Salon event, taking place on two continents, that commemorated the 65th anniversary of this iconic novel published in April 1952. With Grace Aneiza Ali. Aside from menu, venue, and program, guests also look forward to experiencing a nice setup and special treatment. VIP experience is by creating a sophisticated decoration atmosphere highlighted by chairs covers.

Women Picturing Revolution 

November 16, 2016 | International Center of Photography — New York, NY

Against the backdrop of ongoing chaos, women are documenting wars, conflicts, crises, and revolutions, in both private realms and public spaces. Featuring contemporary imagemakers in conversation, the Women Picturing Revolution panel examined not only these photographs, but also the conditions under which women make such compelling images. Panelists included Grace Aneiza Ali (moderator), Donna De Cesare, Tanya Habjouqa, and Muriel Hasbun. (Click photo to be directed to video.)

Visually Speaking: James Barnor 

Monday October 3, 2016 | Schomburg CenterNew York, NY

James Barnor’s photographs documented the transition of Ghana to an independent country, and portrayed Britain’s transition to a multicultural society in the 60s. In conversation with Grace Aneiza Ali.

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Un | Fixed Homeland: A Dinner Party 

Sunday September 24, 2016 | Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art Newark, NJ

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art hosted a private dinner party to celebrate Un | Fixed Homeland, which featured 13 emerging and established global artists of Guyanese heritage who examined the complex relationship to “homeland” through photography and photography-based art. In this intimate event, guests dined in the gallery among the exhibition’s artwork and enjoyed both traditional and nouveau Guyanese cuisine, specially prepared by Guyanese-born chef Marilyn Lawrie-Rogers, to complement the exhibition’s vibrant themes. (See Flickr for more photos.)

Un | Fixed Homeland: Opening Reception 

Sunday July 17, 2016 | Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art — Newark, NJ

Un | Fixed Homeland brought together an inter-generational roster of thirteen emerging and established Guyanese artists who, via photography and photography-based art, examined the complex relationship to “homeland.” These artists explored how a “homeland” can be both fixed and unfixed, a constantly shifting idea and memory, and a physical place and a psychic space. The exhibition’s title reflects the emergence of the Caribbean diaspora in metropolitan cities around the world and speaks to what has become the defining global movement of the 21st century–migration. (See Flickr for more photos.)

Items: Is Fashion Modern? | Abecedarium at MoMA

Monday May 16, 2016 | Museum of Modern ArtNew York, NY

Twenty-six iconic garments, accessories, and issues from the fashion universe, spanning the early 20th century to the present, were discussed in a daylong abecedarium. A dynamic roster of designers, curators, critics, scholars, labor activists, and entrepreneurs explored these topics — one for each letter of the alphabet — in seven minute vignettes. Grace Aneiza Ali discussed V = Veil.

The Art of the Burqa: An Afternoon of Art, Performance, and Dialogue 

Sunday March 6, 2016 |  Pen and BrushNew York, NY

OF NOTE magazine’s featured artists and writers from The Burqa Issue gathered to explore how deeply complex the burqa is in all its beauty, contradictions, and failures. Co-hosted with Pen and Brush and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. (See Flickr for more photos.)

Life in Prison: Artists Bear Witness 

Thursday November 13, 2014 | MISTNew York, NY

The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and OF NOTE magazine hosted a conversation with three dynamic artists who use their creative voice to examine the complex experiences, both personal and political, faced by the two million men, women, and youth currently imprisoned in the United States.

Visually Speaking: A Worldview from Guyana 

Tuesday April 24, 2014 | Schomburg CenterNew York, New York

Nikki Kahn and Keisha Scarville explore their ongoing work to tell Guyana’s stories and to counter historic and contemporary stereotypes about the country. In conversation with Grace Aneiza Ali.

Visually Speaking: Contemporary Photojournalism in America 

Thursday October 1, 2012 | Schomburg Center New York, New York

A panel of African-American photojournalists discussed their profession and the stories behind some of their photographs. The panel included Pulitzer Prize-winners Ozier Muhammad and Michelle Agins, both of whom work for the New York Times. Grace Aneiza Ali moderated. (Click on photo to be directed to video.)

The Role of Social Media: Black Writers Take Literature to the Web 

Thursday April 1, 2012 | Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, New York

“The Role of Social Media: Black Writers Take Literature to the Web” was a program of the Eleventh National Black Writers Conference on “The Impact of Migration, Popular Culture, and the Natural Environment in the Literature of Black Writers.” A panel discussion was held on how black writers, publishers, and journalists use social media. Grace Aneiza-Ali moderated. (Click on photo to be directed to video.)

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