Deepak Unnikrishnan on being a “cultural mercenary”

We interviewed Deepak Unnikrishan on his book, “Temporary People”. The interview has been reworked in three parts, centred around themes: space, writing, and cultural mercenariness. Temporariness is a state, but for me it’s also reflexive. In other words, by default I have to believe that I will not remain in a place for long. And…

Deepak Unnikrishan on writing

We interviewed Deepak Unnikrishan on his book, “Temporary People”. The interview has been reworked in three parts, centred around themes: space, writing, and cultural mercenariness. I identify as a short story writer. Primarily. But when I started writing the work, I realized, a couple of years in, that it was not a short story collection….

Intervista a Gholam Najafi

Abbiamo intervistato Gholam Najafi, scrittore afghano arrivato a Venezia 11 anni fa, dopo un lungo “viaggio della speranza” e secondo protagonista del progetto Waterlines insieme a Deepak Unnikrishnan. Gholam ci attende seduto serenamente al bar, sorseggiando un caffè. Abbiamo letto il suo libro, e ci aspettiamo che il volto di un uomo a cui la…

Deepak Unnikrishnan on deconstructing space

We interviewed Deepak Unnikrishan on his book, “Temporary People”. The interview has been divided in three parts, centred around themes: space, writing, and cultural mercenariness. Space for me is a box, it is part of memory, and so when space is part of memory, for me I have to figure out how to operate in…

Temporary in Venice

Darya Paramonava is one of CFIC MA students. For her Waterlines INTlab project, she decided to reflect on what it means to be an immigrant in Venice and on how vaporetto rides can be quite surprising. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad,…

Deepak Unnikrishnan and his work “Temporary People”.

Deepak Unnikrishnan left Abu Dhabi, where he grew up after being born in Kerala, India, as soon as he turned 18, to study first at Fairleigh Dickinson University and then at The Art Institute of Chicago. This is not simply a choice made by a young man in his early twenties, but the unavoidable consequence…

Deepak Unnikrishnan e la sua opera “Temporary People”

Al compimento della maggiore età, Deepak Unnikrishnan lascia Abu Dhabi, la città in cui è cresciuto dopo essere nato a Kerala, in India, per studiare prima presso la Fairleigh Dickinson University e in seguito all’Art Institute di Chicago. Quella compiuta da un ragazzo poco più che ventenne non è una scelta, ma è solo la…

Intervista a Moulaye Niang, detto Muranero

In occasione del quarto appuntamento di Waterlines Project dell’anno, che ha visto ospite speciale Ngugi wa Thiong’o con la partecipazione dell’artista Senegalese residente a Venezia Moulaye Niang, abbiamo colto l’occasione per rivolgere qualche domanda a quest’ultimo. La figura di uno scultore del vetro di Murano, uno dei pochi rimasti, proveniente dal Senegal, ha certamente catturato…