Watch the second part of this event (with Irma Gogiashvili) here vimeo.com/124471246
Harsha Ram is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and comparative literature at UC Berkeley. He specializes in the cultural and political history of Russia, the Caucasus, and Eurasia, as well as modern Indian literature and Italian literature. His most recent book is The Imperial Sublime: A Russian Poetics of Empire (2003); his forthcoming book is entitled City of Crossroads: Tiflis Modernism and the Russian-Georgian Encounter.
A collaboration with BAM/PFA for MATRIX 257, The Secession Sessions is an exhibition and series of related public programs exploring a place caught in a contested narrative--the disputed region of Abkhazia, located along the eastern shores of the Black Sea. Consisting of a new film, Letters to Max (2014); a pseudo, unofficial embassy ("Anembassy") for Abkhazia staffed by the former foreign minister of Abkhazia, Maxim Gvinjia (also the star of the film); and a program of conversations and public events, The Secession Sessions invites visitors to investigate the question of statehood and representation through the prism of the stateless state of Abkhazia. Baudelaire establishes an open space for discourse and contemplation, while acknowledging both sides of the politically fraught situation.
Watch the other secession sessions here:
Secession Session 1 vimeo.com/121178834
Secession Session 2 vimeo.com/121694812
Secession Session 3 vimeo.com/121801703
Secession Session 4 vimeo.com/124471246
Secession Session 5 vimeo.com/122398341