Reckoning and Repair

Episode 6 // Some Histories Are Not Beautiful: ​Shwarga Bhattacharjee + Hakimah Abdul-Fattah

March 14, 2023 Center for Experimental Ethnography Season 1 Episode 6
Episode 6 // Some Histories Are Not Beautiful: ​Shwarga Bhattacharjee + Hakimah Abdul-Fattah
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Reckoning and Repair
Episode 6 // Some Histories Are Not Beautiful: ​Shwarga Bhattacharjee + Hakimah Abdul-Fattah
Mar 14, 2023 Season 1 Episode 6
Center for Experimental Ethnography

On Creation ● ​On Beauty & Violence ● On Connection

 Shwarga Bhattacharjee is an artist based in North Philadelphia. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Shwarga moved to the U.S. in 2014. He received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University and a BFA in drawing and painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University. Shwarga’s work draws from the duality of experiences as an immigrant. His work references social historical and political events in the Americas and South Asia. Hakimah Abdul-Fattah interviewed Shwarga in late February 2022 as his first solo exhibition entitled Excavation Paths was wrapping up at Twelve Gates Arts in Philadelphia. The exhibition Shwarga Bhattacharjee: Excavation Pathswas curated by Tausif Noor. In this episode we discuss Shwarga's creative process, chaos and beauty, the colonial history of South Asia and his friendship with Tausif.  

For episode extras, and to learn more about the artists, hosts, and organizations involved, check out the Reckoning and Repair website: rnrphilly.com

This podcast was created at the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania, a multimodal research hub that views creative practice as intellectual work that necessarily historicizes the inequalities that pervade our society, and that develops solutions for their present iterations through collaborative and participatory work.

This season was produced in connection to 2023 exhibit, "Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America", an AAMP and PAFA collaboration curated by Dejay Duckett (AAMP), Judith Tannenbaum (PAFA), Mekhala Signal (PAFA), Michael Wilson (AAMP). This exhibit brings together 20 artists to respond to the question: Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? The exhibit runs March 23 through Oct 8 of 2023 at the Historic Landmark Building in Philadelphia.

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On Creation ● ​On Beauty & Violence ● On Connection

 Shwarga Bhattacharjee is an artist based in North Philadelphia. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Shwarga moved to the U.S. in 2014. He received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University and a BFA in drawing and painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University. Shwarga’s work draws from the duality of experiences as an immigrant. His work references social historical and political events in the Americas and South Asia. Hakimah Abdul-Fattah interviewed Shwarga in late February 2022 as his first solo exhibition entitled Excavation Paths was wrapping up at Twelve Gates Arts in Philadelphia. The exhibition Shwarga Bhattacharjee: Excavation Pathswas curated by Tausif Noor. In this episode we discuss Shwarga's creative process, chaos and beauty, the colonial history of South Asia and his friendship with Tausif.  

For episode extras, and to learn more about the artists, hosts, and organizations involved, check out the Reckoning and Repair website: rnrphilly.com

This podcast was created at the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania, a multimodal research hub that views creative practice as intellectual work that necessarily historicizes the inequalities that pervade our society, and that develops solutions for their present iterations through collaborative and participatory work.

This season was produced in connection to 2023 exhibit, "Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America", an AAMP and PAFA collaboration curated by Dejay Duckett (AAMP), Judith Tannenbaum (PAFA), Mekhala Signal (PAFA), Michael Wilson (AAMP). This exhibit brings together 20 artists to respond to the question: Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? The exhibit runs March 23 through Oct 8 of 2023 at the Historic Landmark Building in Philadelphia.