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Talk: Will there be Hipsters in Heaven? #NeoDiaspora with Abbas Zahedi

Abbas Zahedi (b. 1984, London) constructs multifaceted situations that explore the imaginal basis of neo-diasporic realities. Often taking his own life as a performative point of departure, he makes works in which technologies and identities are entangled.  

“Whilst working as a production assistant in a craft soda brewery in East London, my observations led me to consider an existential relationship, between contemporary hipsters and neo-diasporic jihadists. I was moved by this idea and established an alcohol-free pop-up bar, so as to situate a series of installations and performances, as a means of inhabiting this phenomenon further.” - Abbas Zahedi

The roadmap towards a framework of neo-diaspora is an effort to process and de-historicise experiences of digestion, death and displacement. Taking place alongside installations, performances and images, to highlight Technologies of Otherness amidst hyper-connected realities. This phrasing follows on from expressing no further relation to notions of (geo)diaspora in the traditional sense - as a movement about margins and metropoles. But instead, it has become an entanglement of survival, within a complex and transitional state of belonging to multiple imaginal spaces.

Join Abbas for a lecture performance about his practice in relation to themes above, followed with time for questions and discussion.