Fair Play - Ali Kazimi
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Why is no one talking about Kashmir, Rahat Kurd asks in reviewing Arundhati Roy’s long awaited novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Ali Kazimi does double duty with his article about Roy’s book launch in Toronto and his luminous, Edward Hopper inspired, Fair Play Artist Run Centre. Triple duty, if you count the image banners for this issue!

Indu Vashist’s text places Fair Play in a complex historical and aesthetic context. Julian Samuel’s, archival image inspired, sepia-toned film (with references to Jackson Pollack, Robert Motherwell, and Willem de Kooning) continues to challenge orthodoxies. New Young Adult fiction by Shenaaz Nanji tells tales about Ghost Boys. Roy Lichtenstein-like pop art with desi advice is presented in Maria Qamar’s Trust No Aunty. In her review, Aunty Advice, Abeer Yusuf asks, but what about the coconut oil? Mandeep Wirk reviews Cathy Busby’s installation WE CALL and asks questions about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Artist Zinnia Naqvi’s installation, Dear Nani, is featured in the Artist Run Centre. The Transcript of the artist talk between Naqvi, Eduardo Velazquez and Beau Gomez is a creative, image filled, journey that touches upon Homi Bhabha, Brigitte Bardot, and Afro-futurism.

Rungh. Means. Colour. Welcome back!

– Editor