Alia Ali works between photography, video, and installation, addressing the politicization of the body, histories of colonization, imperialism, sexism, and racism through projects that take pattern and textile as their primary motif. Textile has been a constant in her practice, and she has recently begun making her own patterns and prints. Her work is also informed by discourses of criminality, Yemeni Futurism, and feminist theory, drawing upon stories including the nostalgic past of the Queen of Sheba.
She and Zuckerman discuss indigenous symbolism, what is threatening, how to use beauty, vanishing countries, shifts of allegiance, abduction of stories, the weight of a job, self imposed responsibilities, language and truth, being seen the way you want to be seen, inclusion and exclusion and the power of photography, having an actual tribe, ancestral knowledge, who owns the red star, the occupying of myths, and radically imagined possibilities for the future!
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