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Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Bethany Collins, detail from The Odyssey: 2001 / 2017, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and PATRON, Chicago.

  • Bethany Collins, detail from The Odyssey: 2001 / 2017, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and PATRON, Chicago.

  • Thu, Oct 15, 2020
    7pm

    This event will take place virtually; details coming soon.

    Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s recent novels follow protagonists whose own life stories are deeply entangled with narratives they have inherited or adopted. Whether obsessively investigating the death of their new house’s former tenant in Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2012), or negotiating their position in a family lineage dedicated to exhaustively studying the literary canon in Call Me Zebra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018), these are stories of individuals grappling in their own ways with questions of personal identity and agency, even as their experiences lead them to new understandings of healing, love, trauma, and even madness.

    For this program, Oloomi presents a newly-commissioned piece of writing responding to sympathetic themes and motifs that recur throughout Nine Lives. This creative text will be presented as a virtual lecture on October 15, and in a forthcoming digital publication accompanying the exhibition.

    Closed captioning will be available for this program.

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