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Discostan | Social practice, community engagement, performance, 2011-ongoing

Discostan imagines the possibility of a sonic ummah, or community (more precisely: ”a fundamental concept in Islam, expressing the essential unity and theoretical equality of Muslims from diverse cultural and geographical settings” - Oxford Dictionary of Islam). Over the last six years, this space has grown to be an interactive forum and space of convergence for QTPOC of the SWANA region. From performative collaborations with avante-garde artists (such as Amitis Motevalli, Gelare Khosgozaran and Hushidar Mortezaie) outside of the white cube, to events raising awareness and galvanizing action for political engagement, Discostan is an ever-evolving space of possibility, imagination and liberation for immigrants and diaspora of South and West Asia and North Africa living in Los Angeles. Reconfiguring the nightclub and the dance floor as devotional spaces, we explore narrative threads including migration, celebration, conflict, nostalgia, homeland, and borders, often within realms of Islamic influence, through lenses of traditional forms, experimental renderings, and kaleidoscopic reinventions of pop culture.