Project 7: Shahzia Sikander, Vijay Iyer, Bhanu Kapil, Fred Moten

The Glass Mosque is a collaboration among composer Vijay Iyer, poet Bhanu Kapil, author Fred Moten, and artist Shahzia Sikander. The four are equal partners in this creative project. The Glass Mosque will be realized as a book, perhaps an artwork. The collaboration begins in a public forum on October 10, 2022 and the project will take three years to complete.

The Glass Mosque: A Public GatheringMonday, October 10, 2022National Arts Club 15 Gramercy Park South, New York6:00 – 8:00 pmFree and Open to the Public

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Shahzia Sikander coined the concept of The Glass Mosque. A loaded phrase, the material and the spatial configuration, and the meaning of “mosque,” is the very subject that the collaborators are extrapolating and interpolating and working to rethink its meaning across time.

Bhanu Kapil unfurls themes and tangents usually sublimated in writings on the experiences of migration. She accomplishes this through psychoanalytic readings as frameworks that allow the melancholic story of India’s Partition to hold a central position in this exploration of the mosque as a metaphor.

Fred Moten refuses the traps of set language and preconceived categories and channels deep knowledge of literature and music into this formulation.

Composer and performer Vijay Iyer draws the tendrils of migration into space through sound in ways that penetrate and rupture, that in fact shatter deep within the viewer any preconceived expectation tied to the spatial concept held by the often-politicized term mosque.

Date: August 15, 2022
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Disruption as Rapture Aga Khan Museum. Nuit Blanche Festival. 2017. Toronto.