Like Oil and Water: Interview with Baseera Khan
By Diana Seo Hyung Lee
New York-based artist Baseera Khan employs music, fashion photography, textiles, installations and performances to grapple with capitalism and its exertion on our bodies, religions and cultures. Rather than considering her art as a form of “activism,” however, her research-based practice brings to the surface the non-neutrality of the spaces that our bodies occupy, especially for those who are disenfranchised by capitalist-driven societies like the United States. In her works, she makes room for “exile and kinship,” as she describes, and the simultaneous existence of rage, vulnerability and tenderness.