Baseera Khan (A '14)

Planet Fitness


There is a 20-minute set of songs that I listen to every Monday and Wednesday while running on a treadmill at my local gym. This ritual was manufactured by a need to manage my anxieties. It is a ritual that I came to understand has the power to minimize my anxieties. While running and listening I see past the TV monitors around me into a range of hidden frames and images – I migrate back to the 1960’s on the coastal line of Algeria, I transport me sailing the first ships of the East Indian Trade, I am running in place in front of the St. Louis Arch, I’m running from the cops, I’m running toward a field of cats. Where do you see me? Clip me into where you imagine me. 

Request from the audience:

1. Send me any .mp4 .mov .jpeg or .png image/images/video of your choice. I will use the images in the background of my performance when I chroma-key out the green screen background for my final documentation. I will list you as collaborator in the credits of this work.

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2. If you know how to key out and replace the background on your own and you'd rather do this, send me your files and I will add your footage/images into my final documentation. I will list you as a collaborator in the credits of this work.

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Baseera Khan is a New York based artist. Her visual and written work focuses on performing visualized patterns of emigration and exile that are shaped by economic, social, and political changes through- out the world with a special interest in decolonization practices. She was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Artist Residency, Skowhegan, Maine (2014). She was an International Fellow in Israel/Palestine through Apexart, New York City (2015) and an artist in residence at Process Space LMCC (2015). Khan is currently part-time faculty at Parsons, The New School for Design. She received her M.F.A. at Cornell University (2012) and B.F.A from the University of North Texas (2005).