Halal Metropolis
Aug
30
to Sep 28

Halal Metropolis

Halal Metropolis is a series of exhibitions that explores the facts, fictions, and the imaginaries of the Muslim population(s) in Detroit and Southeast Michigan as viewed through historical/ archival research, documentation of current conditions, and explorations of future desires. The Halal Metropolis alludes to the established and growing Muslim population in Detroit and the metro area, one of the largest and most diverse Muslim populations in the U.S., whose visibility is both pronounced and extremely present in the city, yet whose narrative seems unusually silent in the larger Detroit story. The exhibition moves beyond wanting to simply illustrate or document the current state of this halal metropolis intro exploring the congruent and contradicting ideas, aesthetics and cultures working to make the halal metropolis both a real and imaginary entity.

The project is organized by CAAS director Sally Howell, photographer, activist Razi Jafri, and artist and MFA Program Director at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Osman Khan.

Exhibit Hours, Special Events, and more details coming soon!

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Afro Green Gothic: An Evening with Charles Mudede
Jun
24
7:30 PM19:30

Afro Green Gothic: An Evening with Charles Mudede

Monday June 24 @ Doors 7:30 | Program 8p

Join us for an evening with Charles Mudede, Seattle-based writer and filmmaker. We’ll see clips from his 2018 film Thin Skin and have a discussion with Mudede focused on Black aesthetics and the natural world. Thin Skin is an adaptation of Ahamefule Oluo’s performance Now I'm Fine, created in collaboration with Oluo and Lindy West.

About Charles Mudede
Charles Mudede—who writes about film, books, music, and his life in Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, the USA, and the UK for The Stranger—was born near a steel plant in Kwe Kwe, Zimbabwe. He has no memory of this birth, but he does remember noticing himself in the mirror for this first time—it happened on May 3, 1972. Mudede is also a filmmaker: Two of his films, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and Zoo was screened at Cannes. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, C Theory, and academic journals. He also wrote the liner notes for Best of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: Elektra Years. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.

In collaboration with Power House Productions & Zimbabwe Cultural Center Detroit!


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Stories Never Told: Yemen’s Crises & Renaissance ON VIEW
Jun
14
to Jun 23

Stories Never Told: Yemen’s Crises & Renaissance ON VIEW

Stories Never Told is a traveling exhibit curated by Detroit-based Yemeni-American Hanan Ali Yahya, a public servant and social entrepreneur. The exhibit visually narrates the artistic renaissance and resistance born out of Yemen’s crises. It pilots in Dearborn in February 2019 and travels through Michigan, parts of the United States and beyond.  The gallery will feature the visual art, short films, poetry, writing and creative productions of Yemeni artists residing in Yemen and the diaspora.

On View during all Bank Suey events from Friday June 14 to Sun June 23, including during Book Suey Hours!

Special Events:
Opening Night Friday June 14 :Doors @ 6p | Program @ 7p
Pop Up Thrift Shop for Yemen June 20 @ 5-9 & June 21 @ 12-8p

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OPENING NIGHT Stories Never Told: Yemen’s Crises & Renaissance
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

OPENING NIGHT Stories Never Told: Yemen’s Crises & Renaissance

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Stories Never Told is a traveling exhibit curated by Detroit-based Yemeni-American Hanan Ali Yahya, a public servant and social entrepreneur. The exhibit visually narrates the artistic renaissance and resistance born out of Yemen’s crises. It pilots in Dearborn in February 2019 and travels through Michigan, parts of the United States and beyond.  The gallery will feature the visual art, short films, poetry, writing and creative productions of Yemeni artists residing in Yemen and the diaspora.

Special events and exhibit hours coming soon!

Opening Night Friday June 14 :
Doors @ 6p | Program @ 7p

On View during all Bank Suey events from Friday June 14 to Sun June 23, including during Book Suey Hours!

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Book Suey's STORYTELLING SERIES: featuring FRANNY CHOI, JAMAAL MAY, CASEY ROCHETEAU
Jun
8
2:00 PM14:00

Book Suey's STORYTELLING SERIES: featuring FRANNY CHOI, JAMAAL MAY, CASEY ROCHETEAU

More info on Book Suey.com

June 8th we have three writers: Franny Choi, Casey Rocheteau, and Jamaal May. 

Franny Choi is the author of the collection Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014) and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has been a recipient of Poetry magazine's Frederick Bock Prize, as well as fellowships from Kundiman, VONA, and the Rhode island State Council on the Arts. Her work has appeared in PoetryIndiana ReviewDrunken BoatThe Poetry ReviewThe Abolitionist, and elsewhere. As a Project VOICE teaching artist, she has taught students of all ages and levels of experience. Choi is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers Program and a member of the multidisciplinary artists of color collective Dark Noise. She is a co-host of the Poetry Foundation's podcast, VS.

Casey Rocheteau, a writer, an artist, and a historian, is the author of two collections of poetry: Knocked Up On Yes (2012) and The Dozen (2016). In the multi-genre works, Rocheteau draws on documentary and archival sources and frequently utilizes techniques such as collage to explore issues of race, gender, trauma, and mental illness. Their work has been published widely in journals and publications such as LitHub, The Offing, Barnes & Noble Review, among others. Rocheteau’s visual art has been exhibited at Cranbrook Art Museum and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.Rocheteau is a former writer-in-residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit and has been a fellow at the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. They won the inaugural Write a House permanent residency in 2014 and currently live in Detroit.

Jamaal May was born and raised in Detroit. His first book, Hum (2013), won a Beatrice Hawley Award and an American Library Association Notable Book Award and was an NAACP Image Award nominee. Hum explores machines, technology, obsolescence, and community; in an interview, May stated of his first book, "Ultimately, I'm trying to say something about dichotomy, the uneasy spaces between disparate emotions, and by extension, the uneasy spaces between human connection." May's poems have appeared widely in journals such as PoetryNew England ReviewThe Believer, and Best American Poetry 2014. His second collection is The Big Book of Exit Strategies (2016)


There is a unique dynamic between the written and spoken word. In reading aloud what is written down, in its horizontal and linear construction, in expressing verbally what the most basic form of communication is, the speaker becomes more than just a reader, but a Storyteller. Something magical happens when there is a release of words from the page utilizing our voice. In the age of media, of solitary observation of screens and the silent withdrawal of the individual to read, we forsake our common unifying bond, the communal splendor of a campfire. The hearth of human civilization revolves around the fundamental communal gathering and always is the Storyteller in the center.
With each Storytelling Series event, Book Suey will present a local writer/author to speak, to tell us a story, invite us to experience a piece of their world, their vision -- illuminating something we were unable to see before. 

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