Alternative Archives: Excavating Alternative Histories

Image: Film still from INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./] (2016), a hybrid documentary film by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil 

Alternative Archives: Discourses and Disruptions

AANM, ArteEast and NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies are excited to come together to present Alternative Archives: Discourses and Disruptions, a series of events that will explore themes of storytelling, archiving and evolving technologies in the digital world as they relate to the SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa) region. These programs are part of two broader thematic series from the Kevorkian Center titled Digital Forays and Global Uprising. For more information visit

12:30-2 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
Session 3: Excavating Alternative Histories

Online via Zoom
Registration required 

This program features artists/scholars exploring/excavating alternative histories and whose practices subvert traditional forms of ethnography.

Featuring panelists: Naeem Mohaiemen (Artist), Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil (Artists), and discussant Faye Ginsburg (NYU).

Co-presented by the Arab Film Fest Collab (Arab American National Museum, Arab Film and Media Institute, ArteEast & Mizna) and NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.


Naeem Mohaiemen makes films and installations, and writes essays, about rhizomatic families, malleable borders, and socialist utopias – beginning from South Asia’s two postcolonial markers (1947, 1971) and then radiating outward to transnational linkages. The idea of a future global left, as an alternative to current organizing categories of race, religion, and nation, drives the work. He is author of Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (Kunsthalle Basel, 2014); and co-editor with Eszter Szakacs of Solidarity Must be Defended (Tranzit, forthcoming) and with Lorenzo Fusi of System Error: War is a Force that Gives us Meaning (Sylvana, 2007).

Adam Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Khali’;s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, Walker Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Tate Modern, Toronto Biennial and Whitney Biennial, among other institutions. Khalil is a core contributor to New Red Order (NRO) and a co-founder of COUSINS Collective. Khalil is the recipient of various fellowships and grants, including but not limited to: Sundance Art of Nonfiction, Jerome Artist Fellowship, and Gates Millennium Scholarship. Khalil received his BA from Bard College.

Zack Khalil is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His work centers indigenous narratives in the present- and looks towards the future -through the use of innovative nonfiction forms. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Lincoln Center, Walker Arts Center, New York Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival among other institutions. Khalil is the recipient of various fellowships and grants, including the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Sundance Art of Nonfiction Grant, and Gates Millennium Scholarship. Khalil received his BA from Bard College.


Faye Ginsburg is an American anthropologist who has devoted her life to the exploration of different cultures and individuals’ styles of life. She was born on October 28, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. Ginsburg has published ethnographies about her fieldwork experiences in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The intercultural connections in her ethnographies have contributed to the fields of anthropology and sociology because they allow readers to understand other cultures through her narratives. Currently, she is an anthropology professor at New York University and the director of the Center for Media, Culture and History at NYU.

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  • December 11, 2020 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 12:30 pm