"For people who also are trans, it is our basic humanity that is challenged. Anger is the only sane response." Nine Yamamoto-Masson interviews Yishay Garbasz about the politics of allyship, solidarity, cultural memory, institutionalised oppression, visibility and survival.
Yishay Garbasz is an artist and author whose main artistic interest is the inheritance of post-traumatic memories. British-Israeli and based in Berlin, she works across multiple media: “I'll learn whatever I need to in order to get the job done,” she says. “Mostly I use photography; I was trained as a photographer and as a dancer, but I also use video, installations, kinetic sculpture, light installations, performance. This is something incredible that my teachers taught me: if I can see it in my mind, and I have enough experience and confidence, I can make it in the real world.”
Garbasz was in conversation with Juliet Jacques at the Representing Trans: Acts of Self-definition event at the Tate Modern to launch Jacques's Trans: A Memoir. Both trans women, they discussed the importance of resisting sensationalist representations of transgender people, and how their artwork and writing addresses the question of representing trans lives as lives. They left a deep impression on many of the attendees, echoing in fragments on social media. One fragment in particular, from Garbasz, seemed to hit a nerve: “There are no allies, only actions. There is no magical status – only a readiness for action”.
- Eat me Damien, Yishay Garbasz, 2010: Sculptures, Formaldehyde protected testicles removed during surgery, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. "This has nothing to do with gender," she said at the Tate Modern.
This November 2nd is the 98th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a document which resulted in the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, with a total and deliberate disregard for the rights and interests of the Arabs who then numbered 92 percent of the population.
Ghada Karmi will be visiting the United States in commemoration of this significant global event and to promote the publication of her latest memoir, Return: A Palestinian Memoir.
Washington, D.C. - October 30
Join Ghada Karmi in Washington, D.C. this Friday, October 30 at the Palestine Center from 1:00pm to 2:00pm for a discussion of her latest book.
See event details and RSVP here.
New York City - November 2
Join the New York University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine on November 2 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in New York City for a discussion with Ghada Karmi and Mondoweiss founder and editor, Phiiip Weiss on the anniverary of the Balfour Delcaration. The event will be held at NYU's Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, and co-sponsored by Verso Books, Haymarket Books, the Columbia University SJP, Arab Students United at NYU, Mondoweiss, Adalah-NY, Al-Awada NY The Palestine Right to Return Coalition.
Learn more and RSVP here.