The Ink of Identity: Rereading Afghanistan emerged from a desire to critically engage with and disrupt prevailing narratives in the San Francisco Public Library's collection of books on Afghanistan. Delving into the extensive collection, dating back to 1762, Gazelle Samizay explores the complexities of Afghan identity and the impact of Western-authored literature on the understanding of Afghan history and culture, with a particular focus on Afghan American perspectives.
Samizay’s residency was made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Artist-in-Residence Program.
The Ink of Identity: Rereading Afghanistan was made possible through funding by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and is the result of Gazelle Samizay's participation in an artist-in-residence program jointly organized by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Library.
Reception and Artist Remarks
Thursday, November 30, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor.