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In the first essay of her co-edited and co-conceived series, Disembodied Voices: Friendship during COVID-19, Sumaya Kassim reflects on the breakdown of a friendship, exploring feelings of abandonment, rejection and grief that led her to self-evaluate and cultivate new intimacy and care.
Read More “‘My friend, there are no friends’: on mourning, abandonment and reckonings”
In Alice Procter’s new book, The Whole Picture, Sumaya Kassim finds a smart, accessible and brilliantly structured work that encourages readers to go beyond the grand architecture of cultural institutions and see the problematic colonial histories behind them.
Read More “Here to make trouble: Alice Procter’s The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums and why we need to talk about it”
Sumaya Kassim writes about the ingrained orientalist attitudes and tropes which reinforce exhibitions like the British Museum’s Inspired by the East, often at the expense of the experiences, creativity and cultural history of Middle Eastern Muslims.
Read More “There is no mutual fascination: why the British Museum’s ‘Inspired by the East’ is not inspired (at least, not to me, a heartbroken Muslim Middle Easterner)”
In light of Amanda Parer’s installation, Intrude, being shown at Liverpool’s Exchange Flags, Sumaya Kassim considers the environmental and cultural devastation of white colonialism in Australia.
Read More “Follow the White Rabbit: the ‘Anthropocene’, Australia and whiteness as pestilence in Amanda Parer’s Intrude at Liverpool Light Show”
Writer and independent researcher, Sumaya Kassim, looks at how film is being used to explore what diaspora, issues of transnational belonging and British national identity mean to Arab womxn and non-binary film-makers.
Read More “Diaspora Daydreams: Storytelling, Solidarity and Survival in our Films”