Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Poetry and Photography as Radical Storytelling: How do we express identity in a political landscape?

Thursday, November 7, 2019

8:00pm – 9:30pm

Room 150, 85 Waterman St

Join us for an evening of poetry and photography with South Asian artists, Afraz Khan and Sagar Chhetri!

Afraz Khan is a spoken word poet. He passionate about strengthening local communities through outreach efforts, issue-focused advocacy work, and public speaking. He has worked with a diverse range of communities as a Community Liaison at the Manhattan Borough President's Office and through his experience in Washington D.C., Argentina, Switzerland and New York. Through his work coordinating public forums and rallies, Afraz has united thousands of students, activists and community members in tackling issues of racism and discrimination. He has developed a keen sense in identifying pertinent issues within groups and developing programs and advocacy-based actions to support these communities. His efforts have led to be deemed one of NYU's 10 most influential students in 2016 and a 2017 Summa Cum Laude graduate. Watch Khan's Performing Arts Mosiac performance.

Sagar Chhetri is a documentary photographer based in Kathmandu. He is interested in socio-political stories. He graduated in the International Photography Program at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka. He received a scholarship from the Danish Ministry of Education to attend a semester on Photojournalism in Danish School of media and Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark. He is currently associated with, Photo.Circle, a learning platform for Nepali photographers, Nepal Picture Library, a digital photo archive that strives to document an inclusive and alternate history of the Nepali people and Photo Kathmandu, Nepal’s only international photography festival.

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