Audio of Jitish Kallat and Sonia Sanchez in conversation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (moderated by Amanda Sroka). Kallat’s contemporary art exhibit, ‘Covering Letter‘, was the spring board for a wider conversation on the role of the artist in today’s world and the relevance of Gandhi’s ideologies during these times of turmoil, uncertainty, inequality, and violence. Gandhi’s letter to Hitler was brought to life by Kallat in a riveting fashion utilizing words projected onto a screen of fog.
The world we are living in and the challenges we face in some ways mirror the world on the eve of WWII when Gandhi decided to reach out to Hitler and appeal to his (nonexistent) better nature. Sonia Sanchez used poetry and her own sharp insights to orient us and guide the conversation towards an exploration of the sometimes contradictory themes at work in both ‘Covering Letter’ and in our own lives.
Sonia Sanchez Poetry Reading