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Sara Abdullah

June 16, 2014

Meet our 2014 Fellows!

 

Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you.

Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist whose work has contributed to my development as a performance artist and activist. Anida Yoeu Ali is a self-described social agitator and her performance aesthetic is hard-hitting and informed by her identity as a first-generation Muslim Khmer woman. Her short film, 1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim, utilized butoh aesthetics to convey the exponential rise of Islamophobia in the United States after 9/11. That performance piece helped me to articulate my personal experiences of Islamophobia and xenophobia in a site-specific performance entitled, “Creatively Maladjusted,” which juxtaposed the serenity of Muslim spiritual practices of salah (prayer) and wudhu (ablutions) with vitriolic Islamophobic hate speech sound bytes and sanitized hate crime statistics.

 

Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?

A significant space in my neighborhood is 462 Halsey—the local community garden. It is a space that is committed to food justice for local residents, empowering the community to grow their own food source, and be a site of community building. It is a space where my household and I are able to have access to fresh produce through the local CSA since we live in a relative food desert.

 

What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?

My favorite book is “How Does it Feel to be a Problem?” by Moustafa Bayoumi.

 

If you have an idea of a blog post or topic you’d like to contribute to our blog, please share below!

community healing projects or community healing skill sharing, food gentrification

 

See the full list of 2014 Fellows here.