DEEYAH KHAN + Your Empathy Art
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Artist Quote: “My creative decision is to try and operate out of empathy. My aim is to create the space for empathy, dialogue and better understanding, leaving less room for stereotypes.”
Artist Biography from Kahn’s website:
Deeyah Khan is a two-time Emmy Award-winning and four-time BAFTA-nominated documentary film director; she is the founder of Fuuse, a media and arts company that puts women, people from minorities, and third-culture kids at the heart of telling their own stories.
Deeyah is considered one of Norway’s most successful filmmakers having won 27 major awards and received an additional 12 nominations for her work as a filmmaker. She has made six documentaries to date, all have been shown on ITV in the UK as part of its Exposure series.
In 2016, she became the first UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity. She is also the recipient of a prestigious Peabody Award, a Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary film director, a Women in Film and TV Award and the Special Jury Prize at the Monte Carlo TV Festival. Her films have also been nominated for a Grierson Award, two Creative Diversity Network Awards and two BAFTA awards. In 2018 she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Emerson College in Boston for her achievements as a filmmaker, and she won the 2018 Rory Peck Award for freelance film-makers. Fortune named Deeyah as one of their most powerful women in 2016 and she has twice been included in London’s most influential list compiled by the Evening Standard.
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This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance for you to look deeply at what you don’t believe.
(element one) READ an interview with Kahn in The Gentlewoman here.
(element two) WATCH this trailer from Kahn’s documentary White Right: Meeting the Enemy here. (Warning: frank language)
(element three) WRITE I’m going to ask you to choose a community on the planet whose beliefs do not align with your beliefs. Put yourself in their shoes. Write a monologue from their perspective and their pain. Why are they who they are?
How does it feel to explore a world you do not relate to?
If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.
Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!
Please share your monologue with friends. Have a conversation about the topic your monologue addresses. Send it to me. I would love to read it.
I hope you find DEEYAH KHAN + YOUR EMPATHY ART to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.
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