Never No More Lonely
SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre), Toronto
Never No More Lonely by Aman Sandhu is a research project looking into improvisation, specifically forms of improvisation found in jazz as a methodology for decentering whiteness in artistic practice, from the studio to pedagogy to institution-making.
Never No More Lonely is part of Missed Connections, SAVAC’s new pedagogical and research platform that thrives on the intersections of various modes of thinking, doing and being. By bringing differing ideas, philosophies and artistic methodologies closer together, the program’s ethos unfolds in the power and necessity of convergence. With the intention of a deeper understanding of situated and syncretic artistic practice, the program attempts to arise curiosity and wonder through learning together and welcoming the unexpected. Missed Connections hopes to embody that fleeting moment of connection between people or ideas as an energetic field that we desire to hold on to.
Over the course of 2021, Missed Connections unfolds as a series of explorations by artists Hiba Ali, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Serena Lee, Aman Sandhu, and Annie Wong, whose projects take place concurrently as reading groups, learning exercises, sensory workshops, conversations, and guidebooks. Public events will materialize online (for now) and culminate in a digital compendium of visual and text-based learning tools.
Never No More Lonely: an improvised conversation between Aman Sandhu and Meenakshi Thirukode
June 30 2021, 12pm-1:30pm EST
In this inaugural offering from Aman Sandhu’s project, Never No More Lonely, Aman will be in conversation with Meenakshi Thirukode (Instituting Otherwise). Guided by an exchange of prompts in the form of images, sounds, and texts, Aman and Meenakshi will continue an ongoing conversation about, around and through the scores of feelings elicited from engaging in institutional critique, feminist consciousness-raising, imagining critical pedagogies, and refusing hegemony.
Meenakshi Thirukode is a writer, educator and feminist killjoy currently based in New Delhi where she tends to her garden and wakes up at 4 am every morning to feed her cats Ginger and Sundari. She is currently working on a collection of queer femme erotica as a way to imagine post-capitalist desires and liberate herself from the violence of artspeak.