SESSION: Suneil Sanzgiri

30 April 2022 12pm


Artist and filmmaker Suneil Sanzgiri invites audiences to collectively unpack and collaboratively explore questions around borders, nationalism, identity, and state-based violence. Prompted by a passage from Harsha Walia’s book Border & Rule and one of Sanzgiri’s own short films, this wide-ranging and informal conversation will look at how the moving image might propose new imaginaries against the grip of ethno-nationalist consolidations of identity-based power. What possibilities does art open up in forming cross-continental solidarity in the face of far-right regimes? How might artists and cultural producers contribute to re/framing these questions towards liberatory horizons through, what activist and scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore calls, “co-constitutive interdependencies”?

This event is presented in partnership with SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre), Toronto.

Admission to this online event is free; space is limited we encourage you to register in advance. Live captioning will be provided.

Optional Reading: An excerpt from Harsha Walia’s book Border & Rule (2021, Fernwood Publishing) will be provided to registered attendees.

Suneil Sanzgiri is an artist, researcher, and filmmaker whose work contends with questions of identity, heritage, culture, and diaspora in relation to structural violence. Sanzgiri graduated from MIT with a MSc in Art, Culture and Technology in 2017. His award-winning work has been screened extensively at festivals and venues around the world, including International Film Festival Rotterdam; New York Film Festival; Doc Lisboa; Viennale, Vienna; REDCAT, Los Angeles; The Menil Collection, Houston; Block Museum of Art, Chicago; as well as through e-flux and the Criterion Collection. He was named in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2021.

SESSION is a project modelling itself after an incubator that invites cultural practitioners to engage with questions that emerge out of a given exhibition.

Mercer Union’s 2021-22 Online Engagement Supported by TD Bank Group.