image by Hiba Ali, Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez, and Emily Pelstring

hiba ali

Hiba worked with Austin’s Black Mountain Project to realize the work shared here in Fusebox’s The It’s NOT Fair.


:1080 HD Video, blue cornflowers, glass and vinyl

Description of the project
: in a custom-made outfit that samples blue, the ‘indigo of their ancestors’ the artist dances to rid themselves of inter-generational ‘curses’ and to ‘curse’ those who harm others. tuning to the corporeal connection of sound, the dance celebrates the plasticity of the body and mind while the breath punctuates the song as a beat. In the installation, the offering of blue cornflowers is site specific to texas as they are found in the south/west region and serves as an offering to all those on the journey of healing from ongoing cycles of trauma.

hiba ali is a producer of moving images, sounds, garments and words. they reside in many time zones: chicago, toronto and eugene. born in karachi, pakistan, they belong to east african, south asian and arab diasporas. they are a practitioner and (re)learner of swahili, urdu, arabic and spanish languages. they work on two long term art and publication projects: the first being an art-based phd project that examines womyn of colour’s labour, and architecture of surveillance as it exists within the monopoly of amazon (corp.) and the second being a series of works that addresses music, cloth and ritual practices that connect east africa, south asia and the arabian peninsula in the indian ocean region.

they are an assistant professor of new media artist/ feminist discourse at the college of design in the art & technology program at the university of oregon, eugene, or. currently, they are a phd candidate in cultural studies at queens university in kingston, ontario. their work has been presented in chicago, stockholm, vienna, berlin, toronto, new york, istanbul, são paulo, detroit, windsor, dubai, austin, vancouver, and portland. they have written for the following magazines: “c”, the seen, newcity chicago, art chicago, art dubai, the state, medium’s zora, rtv, and topical cream.

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