“Remaining Nearby While Faraway” Essay for LASALLE MA Show



“In the opening lines of Faisal Tehrani’s novel 1515, Nyemah Mulya comes back from five centuries ago to ask a history professor today, “How would it be if we work together to change history?” Layers of the past opened respectfully with protocols sensitive to the place(s) we are in carry the ability to change history. Relearning what is nearby and how it has been impacted by faraway places is one way we can actively work “on decolonial time.”¹ The proposition of this show faraway nearby as a title chosen collaboratively chosen by the artists themselves might be to work with what is near, while rethinking our relationship to what is faraway, a bright proposition indeed.”