Shy Radicals is the Black Panthers for shy peoples. It takes the form of a revolutionary underground book by activist, curator, artist and writer Hamja Ahsan, that explores the struggle against extrovert-supremacy. The book reanimates current debates on intersectionality, the state of race under the war on terror, the power of the state. It draws from anti-psychiatry, separatist feminism, prison writings, movement lawyers and also the politics of teen movies such as Heathers. In conversation with editor and writer Arun Kundnani, who is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU, Ahsan talks through zine cultures and uses the critical neologisms of the book to address inequality and oppression.
With Hamja Ahsan and Arun Kundnani. Presented by Book Works at NYABF on September 22, 2018. Recording courtesy Blank Forms.