Drawing as an Act of Resistance

Session(s):  January 2018, NYC
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Drawing as an act of Resistance / Contextualization of Drawing Processes as
Site-Specific Performative-Action

I am proposing an installation of my previously produced work during the Utopia School residency at Christiania Copenhagen in 2016. The documentation of two weeks of performative action, You Need To Draw to Understand the
Depth in a form of collage of 18 drawings and texts. It will be a projection on a wall and a zine (comprises of text and documentation of works from same series).
2015-2017 Why (and Where) We Need to Draw?
2017 I can Draw Here but I cannot Sit Here, Jahangir Restaurant, Karachi Pakistan
2016 You Need to Draw to Understand the Depth, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 I Need to Draw to Stay, Klimacamp im Rheinland, Germany
2015 You Need to Draw to Understand, Jakobsplan 1, Weimar, Germany
2015 If you don't Draw you will forget , Buchenwald Concentration Camp and Museum, Weimar Germany

This is an ongoing project which is an experiment of act of drawing as a political action and act of resistance. It is an attempt to engage with spaces which are problematic to enter and stay in for certain socially-marginalized groups. These actions of drawing are an attempt to understand the space-time- body relationship, to make invisible visible, about forgetting and remembering, breaking the silences in different ways and becoming an which is important. Sometimes, it is meditative and serves the purpose of healing and sometimes its repetitiveness can be provocative and can make both parties, the performer and the audience, uncomfortable. In other words, this process is
investigating the politics of places in terms of: Place, Power, Identity and the Other (Urlrich Best and Anke Struver) investigated in Critical of Spatial Identities and Critical Spatial Identities. The other relevant work is Girada Kilomba's
video Desire : Act III.

....And I am surrounded by white spaces
I can hardly enter or stay
So, why do I write?
I write as an Obligation,
To find myself
While I write
I am not the other,
But the self.....

With continuous processes of migration and emergence of new communities, the question of who can enter and stay, has become very significant in relation to physical borders and issues of legality and illegality. Then, there are these invisible borders which determine the access to the center which refers to authority and power in any given/ site-specific context. The Middle Session: The Elemental Middle at 30th Transmediale (Berlin, 2017) discusses the
politics of center and the margin, who has privilege to enter and to speak. It also emphasizes the need for acknowledgement of complex history of marginalization through processes of colonization, politics of suppression
and imposed silences and the need to decolonization of knowledge production to move forward. So, what is the right place to start again: the center, the margin or may be the Middle?
The site-specific drawing actions dealt with the sites including Buchenwald Concentration
Camp and Museum, Jakobsplan international student housing (with notorious status) in the city of Weimar, Utopia School (alternative free school and residential experiment) in Copenhagen, at climate camp organized by climate activists (a
utopian space) in Rhineland and recently at public restaurant in Karachi which usually are very male-dominated spaces.




Class involvement

Noor us Sabah Saeed's picture Noor us Sabah SaeedProposed, Facilitating