Projects with Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Gazelle Samizay

Interview with Gazelle Samizay, conducted by Leila Nadir and Zohra Saed  Gazelle Samizay was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and now resides in Los Angeles. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited across the US and internationally, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Pakistan, U.A.E and the UK. In addition to her studio practice, she has [Continue Reading…]

Projects by Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Leila Nadir

Interviewed by Zohra Saed Leila Nadir is an Afghan-American artist, critic, scholar, memoirist, and co-founder of the art/theory ecoarttech collaborative, which recently completed a commission for the Whitney Museum of American Art. She earned her PhD in literature from Columbia University in 2009 and was Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wellesley College in 2010-2011. In [Continue Reading…]

Projects by Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Zohra Saed

[cincopa AgIAyS7nskCV] Interview with Zohra Saed, conducted by Leila Nadir. Leila Nadir: What was your childhood like growing up mixed race? What were the challenges and the blessings? Zohra Saed: “You ain’t nuthin but a skinny little chink” was scrawled in my 5th grade autograph book, which was something we got to have our friends [Continue Reading…]

Projects With Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Ariana Delawari

Interview with Ariana Delawari, conducted by Zohra Saed Ariana Delawari is a multi-media artist. She is a musician, director, actress, and photographer. Delawari’s critically acclaimed album Lion of Panjshir was recorded in both Kabul and Los Angeles and was partially produced and mixed by filmmaker David Lynch. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, [Continue Reading…]

Projects by Afghan-American Writers and Artists, edited by Zohra Saed and Leila Nadir

For AALR’s special issue on mixed race, we brought together a series of interviews with Afghan-American writers and artists alongside essays and multimedia artworks about lived experiences of hybrid ethnicity. We approached hybridity as a marker of mixed ethnicity as well as a characteristic of media, disciplines, and history, flooding boundaries and breaking down categories. It [Continue Reading…]