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: Mir Tamim Ansary

Interview with Mir Tamim Ansary, conducted by Leila Nadir. Mir Tamim Ansary is the author of Games without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan, Destiny Disrupted and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for and has published essays and commentary in the [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 with Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Mariam Ghani

Interview with Mariam Ghani, conducted by Zohra Saed Mariam Ghani has been awarded the NYFA and Soros Fellowships; grants from the Graham Foundation, CEC ArtsLink, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Experimental Television Center; and residencies at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Exhibitions and screenings include the Rotterdam, transmediale and CPH:DOX [Continue Reading…]

On Mexipino Foodways: Essay & Photography

[cincopa AkMALTL00MDO] By Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr. Growing up Mexipino in San Diego, California, I spent a significant amount of time in the kitchen.  We had a large household that included our immediate and extended family from both sides.  Cooking food for five to ten people at any given time was a chore, but one [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…]

Special Issue on Mixed Race (SOLD OUT)

Covers by Ricardo Yamamoto, Simrat Kang AALR’s special issue on mixed race, coming in Fall 2013, is not simply a reexamination of race or a survey of mixed voices, important as both are. We envision our role as that of provocateur–inspiring new conversations and cross-pollinations, pushing into new corners. All contributions to the issue are [Continue Reading…]