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Discussion on Inclusive Exclusion

Hosted by the Consul of the Global Arts & Creativity Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 29 Jan 12:30 - 13:00

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Aditi Kapoor is equal parts photographer, writer and a first-generation immigrant. She has had experience navigating countries as an expatriate, having grown up in India and having studied in Ireland and the United States. Currently pursuing a degree in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University, Aditi is enticed by visual culture and aims to work at its intersection with modern contemporary ideas that enable change for marginalized people.

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You want to travel to Greece? You ask for a passport, but you discover you’re not a citizen because your father or one of your relatives had fled with you during the Palestine war. You were a child. And you discover that any Arab who had left his country during that period and had stolen back in had lost his right to citizenship.

You despair of the passport and ask for a laissez-passer. You find out you’re not a resident of Israel because you have no certificate of residence. You think it’s a joke and rush to tell it to your lawyer friend: “Here, I’m not a citizen, and I’m not a resident. Then where and who am I?” You’re surprised to find the law is on their side, and you must prove you exist. You ask the Ministry of the Interior, “Am I here, or am I absent? Give me an expert in philosophy, so that I can prove to him I exist.”
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