Am Johal is a Vancouver based writer and social activist. His work has appeared in Electronic Intifada, Seven Oaks Magazine, ZNET, News From Within, Arena Magazine, Palestine Chronicle, Inter Press Service and other publications. He has been involved in the establishment UBC Humanities 101, Impact of Olympics on Community Coalition, Civil Society Development Project and will be launching “The Gramsci Salon: a flying university” in March 2007 and the on-line BC Monthly Review in June 2007. He has worked as an advisor to two BC Cabinet Ministers, as a provincial government representative to the Vancouver Agreement where he was involved in the expansion of health services in the Downtown Eastside, and in human rights in Israel with the Mossawa Center where he led an international advocacy campaign against discriminatory legislation affecting the residency status of married Palestinians and Arab Israeli citizens. He is presently a graduate student at the Institute for Social and European Studies in Hungary.
JAMIE HILDER, AM JOHAL, THOMAS KEMPLE, GERMAINE KOH, KARA UZELMAN
January 25–January 26, 2007
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 8PM
Am Johal (Writer/Social Activist), Thomas Kemple (Sociologist), Germaine Koh (Artist/Curator)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 8PM
Jamie Hilder (Artist/Critic), Kara Uzelman (Artist)
Rethinking how civic space is defined, Speakeasy: Territory is a series of talks and readings that address the mutable definition of “territory.” Questioning whether “territory” is a spatial, geographic, political, economic, or social construct, urban space will be taken up as a contestable subject.
In 2005 Artspeak hosted the inaugural Speakeasy: Serial Space. Through six presentations, this event approached space as an endless repetition of particular spaces that appear throughout our conventions of “urban” or “nature.” Speakeasy: Territory series encourages artists, writers, and activists to continue this thinking within urban terrain, building on the past and on the exhibition Territory held at Artspeak, Presentation House Gallery, and public sites around the city in the summer of 2006.