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Reza Abdoh Today: Posthumous Reflections Fifty-Five Years after His Birth

Reza Abdoh Today: Posthumous Reflections Fifty-Five Years after His Birth Reza Abdoh Today Posthumous Reflections Fifty-Five Years after His Birth Joseph Cermatori It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us. Walter Benjamin Do not give me a memorial if I die. Give me a demonstration. David Wojnarowicz une 2018: Two days after my visit to the Reza Abdoh retrospective at MoMA PS1, the United States announces it will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. Meanwhile “detention centers” have begun appearing in cities along the U.S.-Mexico border where Latin-American children are being forcibly separated from their refugee parents. According to the latest reports (from The Nation, The Washington Post, the L.A. Times, and The Texas Tribune) the number of those detained in violation of both domestic and international law is in the thousands. A former Walmart store has been pressed into this effort and now bears the Orwellian name “Casa Padre.” Terrified children now appear in cages in our daily news digest. “Who will be the witness?” asks a voice in the script of Abdoh’s theatre piece Tight Right White. Who indeed. Preserved in PS1’s retrospective, his work signals to us through the flames of our political present some two decades http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

Reza Abdoh Today: Posthumous Reflections Fifty-Five Years after His Birth

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art , Volume 40 (3): 15 – Sep 1, 2018

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Reza Abdoh Today Posthumous Reflections Fifty-Five Years after His Birth Joseph Cermatori It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us. Walter Benjamin Do not give me a memorial if I die. Give me a demonstration. David Wojnarowicz une 2018: Two days after my visit to the Reza Abdoh retrospective at MoMA PS1, the United States announces it will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. Meanwhile “detention centers” have begun appearing in cities along the U.S.-Mexico border where Latin-American children are being forcibly separated from their refugee parents. According to the latest reports (from The Nation, The Washington Post, the L.A. Times, and The Texas Tribune) the number of those detained in violation of both domestic and international law is in the thousands. A former Walmart store has been pressed into this effort and now bears the Orwellian name “Casa Padre.” Terrified children now appear in cages in our daily news digest. “Who will be the witness?” asks a voice in the script of Abdoh’s theatre piece Tight Right White. Who indeed. Preserved in PS1’s retrospective, his work signals to us through the flames of our political present some two decades

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Sep 1, 2018

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