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Eshan Rafi

Eshan Rafi is a Pakistani artist and educator mostly situated on the territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas of New Credit sometimes known as Toronto. They work with their body, analogue cameras, moving images, text, and other people. Currently they are a student in the Home Workspace program at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, Lebanon with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ashkal Alwan. If you would like to view a portfolio of their recent work, please email them at eshan.rafi@gmail.com. They are in the processing of redoing their website. Thank you!

Empathy comes from the Greek empatheia—em (“into”) and pathos(“feeling”)—a penetration, a kind of travel. It suggests you enter another person’s pain as you’d enter another country, through immigration and customs, border-crossing by way of query: What grows where you are? What are the laws? What animals graze there?

(leslie jamison the empathy exams)

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I like jetlag, when sleep is easier than non-sleep. Something treasured for an insomniac.

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“Tamasha not an un-parliamentary word” – Chaudhry Nisar (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz).

The interior minister, after a thorough research, claimed that the word ‘tamasha’ (performance) had been used 45 times during the last five years in the parliament and no one had objected.

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A friend writes to me

Sending you light and sweeping brushes of the warmest thoughts. We are sitting in a park somewhere twirling helicopter leaves in palms. I’m not sure what we are talking about but the anxiety dissipates.

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At least I still have my rocks

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Its because something smelled off in my room and that’s not like me so I was confused then I realized it was the bag of Diana scraps on the floor mixed in with roasted garlic and fish bones.

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I just put Diana in the freezer.

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chinese medicine is so beautiful. I go to the market and think a lot about heart blood while I buy beets even though they’re not my favourite but the affective combination of beets and heart blood compel me to eat them.

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"And I say that between colonization and civilization there is an infinite distance; that out of all the colonial expeditions that have been undertaken, out of all the colonial statutes that have been drawn up, out of all the memoranda that have been dispatched by all the ministries, there could not come a single human value.”

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I gave myself a name that means worthy

Maybe there is some correlation between how much I believe my name is mine and when to know you are enough

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Lingering on what it means to make work for and with people you love or are in community with.

Looking at the Facebook event for my upcoming performance in Toronto, noticing who the attendees might be, as I work out the specifics of this particular manifestation. New space demands reconfiguration.

Thinking about hosting community or holding space, how different it feels to think about creating something for people you know so well, whose worlds and minds intermesh with yours.

How beautiful and wonderful that is, to have that opportunity.
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