Lecture by Yasser Arafath for They Built For Eternity, a group exhibition by Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (WAHC) and SAVAC P K Yasser Arafath currently works at the Department of History (Faculty of Social Sciences), University of Delhi. Yasser does research in Indian Ocean Texts, History of Philosophy, History of Science and Cultural History. His most recent publication is '“Malabar Ulema in the Shafiite Cosmopolis: Fitna, Piety and Resistance in the Age of Fasad,” The Medieval History Journal, 21 (1), 25-68, Sage International.
The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (WAHC) and SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) present They Built for Eternity*, a group exhibition that shares the stories of migrant construction workers and laments the human cost of labour in the global economy. Borrowed from a 2014 poster by Maryam Monolisa Gharavi for Gulf Labor Coalition (US), the exhibition title – They built for eternity – alludes to both the false longevity of grand construction projects and the ways that manual labourers are slowly worked to the ground. Through print work, performance, audio, film and installation, the exhibition highlights critiques of global building projects against the backdrop of Hamilton’s rich history of labour activism.
For more information, visit savac.net/they-built-for-eternity/