Storytelling Workshop

Conversations on Making (Personal) History

What does it mean to fashion history out of your own personal story?

How do we decide what to include and what to leave out? What is at stake when we tell these stories? And what is the cost of keeping quiet?

We will play with these questions by using the still image.

Each participant is asked to bring a photograph of herself from any time in her life. That photo will be the starting point. With this exercise, we will touch on the topic of telling a bigger story - fashioning the political, fashioning history - by honing in on a personal, micro-narrative.

Writer and moving image artist, Nika Khanjani, will share a few short examples of this in her own work—both in finished projects that are in video and in text, and in sketches that illustrate a daily practice and creative process. She will also bring in short excerpts from texts to help frame some of the conversations.

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Conversations on Making (Personal) History with artist Nika Khanjani

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 6-9pm

111 Waterloo Street

London, ON

We will meet in room 309 at the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Storytelling Agenda

Time: 6 to 9 pm @ MRC in room 309

1. Welcome & Introductions

2. Creating a storytelling space together

3. Nika's work

4. Our stories

Remember to bring a 1 or 2 photos of yourself to work with for your micro-narrative. It can be a photo of you from the past or present.

About Nika

Nika Khanjani is a film and video artist, writer, and activist. Her work is marked by contrasting extremes and a patient sense of beauty. She combines landscape photography, subtle sound design, and portraiture to invoke internal states responsive to political and historical forces.

Nika is in London to exhibit her work titled: In Describing Relationships, Rhythm is Important.