The New Social Environment#956

Lotus L. Kang: In Cascades

Featuring Kang and CAConrad, with Kaur Alia Ahmed


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Lotus L. Kang joins Rail contributor CAConrad for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Kaur Alia Ahmed.

In this talk

Visit In Cascades, on view at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver through January 7, 2024 →

Lotus L. Kang

Photo of Lotus L. Kang
Lotus L. Kang works with sculpture, photography and site-responsive installation. Known for her sprawling installations and distinctive material repertoire, Kang’s practice is a dialogue with the impermanent and the in between. Elegantly disordered and richly layered, her site-sensitive works explore the relational bonds between time, personal history, and cultural knowledge. She seeks to disrupt a human-centred perspective of the world with a broad curiosity for life and matter tangled in states of exchange that produce and are reproduced by their environments. Selected exhibitions include: In Cascades, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2023); Fleshing Out The Ghost, Deborah Schamoni, Munich (2023); and Mesoderm, Franz Kaka, Toronto (2023), among many others.


Photo of CAConrad
Photo by Augusto Cascales
CAConrad has worked with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. Their latest book is Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return (Wave Books / UK Penguin 2024). They received the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, a PEN Josephine Miles Award, a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, and a Lambda Award. The Book of Frank is now available in 9 different languages. They exhibit poems as art objects with recent solo shows in Spain and Portugal, and their play The Obituary Show was made into a film in 2022 by the artist Augusto Cascales.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Kaur Alia Ahmed reading.

Kaur Alia Ahmed

A photo of [Kaur Alia Ahmed]
Kaur Alia Ahmed is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. They make videos, drawings, poems, and plays. Their work has been shown with Interstate Projects, 77 Mulberry, Alyssa Davis Gallery, Rhizome, BOMB Magazine, and their manuscript is forthcoming with Wendy’s Subway.

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