27 November: Trans-Ancestral Pilgrimages: a conversation between Sophia-Layla Afsar, Tamarra, Vicky Shahjahan and Ferdiansyah Thajib
This event is a journey through dense and complex expressions below and beyond the language of ‘transgender’ that infuse past and present modes on gender nonconformity in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and beyond. The contrasts and commonalities between wandering terms of otherwise non-categorical genders in these regions are bridged through a documentary film , Pilgrimage to the Bissu Community (dir: Tamarra, 2019) that will be made available online from 23 November through 10 December and a hybrid conversation between Tamarra, Vicky Shahjahan, Sophia-Layla Afsar, and Ferdiansyah Thajib on how each of them engages with memories of ancestral practices and politics of holding spaces of care through their specific practices
The conversation is part of trans-ancestral pilgrimages, a stream of House of Kal Berlin curated by Ferdiansyah Thajib with Sophia-Layla Afsar, Tamarra and Vicky Shahjahan. Both Vicky Shahjahan and Sophia-Layla Afsar are residents in the house of Kal in Colombo and Karachi, respectively.