“Will you give a hand to Ban? Do you have a sentiment, do you have class? Let me tell you before you extend yourself that Ban is disgusting. Let me tell you that Ban is a difficult person to love, full of transience. I could tell you things about Ban.”
Join Ulises for a reading group discussion and writing session led by Becky Huff Hunter on Bhanu Kapil’s book “Ban en Banlieue” —partly a response to Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s murder—which struggles to memorialize the rape of a young Indian girl walking home alone during a race riot. This session will focus on roughly the first half of the book, found in the link below.
Bring a notepad and pen in order to participate in writing exercises that draw upon the book’s themes. As the discussion will partly be discussing interpersonal violence, please help us maintain a safe space by being mindful and considerate of others.
Becky Huff Hunter is a writer and editor, who has recently written on Philadelphia’s contemporary art in “Artforum,” “Frieze,” and “Art Papers.” She previously organized the Writing Art and Life reading/writing groups at the Institute of Contemporary Art and Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, where she is also a trained Anti-Violence Advocate.