Liminal Spaces


Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora is an intimate exploration into the art and migration narratives of fifteen women of Guyanese heritage. It spans diverse inter-generational perspectives—from those who leave Guyana, and those who are left—and seven seminal decades of Guyana’s history—from the 1950s to the present day—bringing the voices of women to the fore. The volume is conceived of as a visual exhibition on the page; a four-part journey navigating the contributors’ essays and artworks, allowing the reader to trace the migration path of Guyanese women from their moment of departure, to their arrival on diasporic soils, to their reunion with Guyana.
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Eloquent and visually stunning, Liminal Spaces unpacks the global realities of migration, challenging and disrupting dominant narratives associated with Guyana, its colonial past, and its post-colonial present as a ‘disappearing nation.’ Multimodal in approach, the volume combines memoir, creative non-fiction, poetry, photography, art and curatorial essays to collectively examine the mutable notion of ‘homeland,’ and grapple with ideas of place and accountability.
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Grace Aneiza Ali (editor), Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora, Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, October 2020. 232 Pages, 72 color illustrations, 8 x 10 inches.

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Contributors

Grace Aneiza Ali  Khadija Benn  Sandra Brewster  Erika DeFreitas  Ingrid Griffith Natalie Hopkinson  Serena Hopkinson  Dominique Hunter  Maria del Pilar Kaladeen  Maya Mackrandilal Suchitra Mattai  Christie Neptune  Grace Nichols  Keisha Scarville  Michelle Joan Wilkinson

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Fall 2020 Upcoming ‘Liminal Spaces’ Events

October

 1. Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 2 pm PST | 5 pm EST  (online)
Lux Art Institute | Encinitas, California, USA

On AiR: Join Lux Art Institute for a panel discussion about diasporic experiences from women’s perspectives. Curator Grace Aneiza Ali is joined by artists Suchitra Mattai and Claudia Cano in a conversation about the liminal spaces created when people and cultures are left behind. Moderated by Guusje Sanders, Associate Curator, Lux Art Institute.

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✓ 2. Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 6 pm EST (online)
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, Institute of African American Affairs, and Center for Black Visual Culture, New York University, New York City, USA

Indian Narratives of Migration in the Guyanese Diaspora: Join Grace Aneiza Ali (NYU Art & Public Policy), editor of Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora, and contributors, artists Maya Mackrandilal and Suchitra Mattai and writer Maria del Pilar Kaladeen for a conversation, moderated by Professor Aisha Khan (NYU Anthropology), on Indian narratives of migration in the Guyanese Diaspora and the role of art in telling our migration stories.

 

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November

3. Sunday, November 8, 2020 |  6 pm EST (online) *
Pioneer Works | Brooklyn, New York City, USA

Separate Sundays: Christie Neptune, currently a Visual Arts Resident of Pioneer Works, reads “Memories from Yonder,” her chapter in Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora for Separate Sundays a monthly collaboration with 8ball Radio.

[Listen to the recording from 8ball Radio]

 

 

 

✓ 4. Wednesday, November 11, 2020 |  8 am PST | 11 am EST | 4 pm GMT (online) *

OPB Publishers | Cambridge, UK

Open Book Publishers presents a conversation exploring global Guyanese narratives of migration and the role of art in telling women’s migration stories. Moderated by journalist Carinya Sharples, the Contributors share, through their art, photography, poetry, memoir-essays and curatorial practices, how their experiences of migration from Guyana to global metropolises of London, New York, Toronto, and beyond have indelibly shaped their lives. 

With Contributors: Grace Aneiza Ali, Grace Nichols, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Natalie Hopkinson, Serena Hopkinson, Ingrid Griffith, Christie Neptune, Suchitra Mattai, Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Erika DeFreitas, Sandra Brewster, Khadija Benn, Dominique Hunter.

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✓ 5. Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 6 pm EST (online) *
Caribbean Cultural Center (CCCADI) | New York City, USA

Curators in Conversation: A series dedicated to critical debate, dialogue, and engagement with curators of color committed to the artistic and cultural production of the Afro-Caribbean and its Diaspora. Alberta Whittle will be in conversation with Grace Aneiza Ali about on Ali’s new edited publication, Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora, which was inspired by the Liminal Space exhibition at CCCADI in 2017. Whittle and Ali will also dialogue about their shared priorities and agendas in their art and curatorial practices to center Caribbean Art and the work of Caribbean women artists.

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✓ 6. Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 6:30 pm EST (online) *
Jahajee Sisters & South Asian Women’s Creative Collective | New York City, USA

2020 Indo-Caribbean Women’s Empowerment Summit, “Building Our Future: Love & Solidarity as the Pathway to Justice:” Jahajee Sisters present a VIRTUAL interdisciplinary event that convenes an intergenerational, multi-racial, gender-expansive group of people to envision and mobilize for solutions to gender justice in the Indo-Caribbean community and beyond.

With Contributors: Grace Aneiza Ali, Maya Mackrandilal, Christie Neptune and Dominique Hunter. Moderated by Rashida Abuwala, SAWCC Board Member.

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✓ 7. Sunday, November 29, 2020 | 9 am EST | 2 pm GMT  (online)*
Guyana Speaks | London, United Kingdom

Join Guyana Speaks (UK) for a conversation on Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora. Editor Grace Aneiza Ali (New York City, US) is joined by writer and scholar Maria del Pilar Kaladeen (London, UK) and photographer Khadija Benn (Georgetown, Guyana).

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December

8. Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 6 pm EST (online)* 

Women and Gender Studies Institute and Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

The city of Toronto possesses one of the largest and oldest Guyanese diasporas outside of Guyana. Women and Gender Studies, Caribbean Studies (University of Toronto) and the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (York University) present a conversation exploring the Guyanese-Canadian narratives of migration and the role of art in telling women’s migration stories featured in the new book, Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora. The conversation will include Grace Aneiza Ali, Sandra Brewster, Erika DeFreitas, Suchitra Mattai, Natalie Hopkinson and Serena Hopkinson.

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2021 Upcoming Events

February 2021 | 6:30 pm EST  (online)*

The Consulate General of the Cooperate Republic of Guyana, New York City & Prospera Consulting

A virtual celebration of the new book, Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora featuring the book’s Contributors, and Guyanese of note as special guests, including NY State Legislators Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman. Moderated by Karen Wharton, Brooklyn-based Guyanese-American Political Consultant.

 

Friday, March 5, 2021 | 5 pm EST (online)*
Parrish Art Museum | Water Mill, New York

 

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March 2021  (online)*
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute | Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (online)*
Annual International Conference on Indentureship and its Legacies, Ameena Gafoor Institute | London, UK

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*links and details forthcoming