The Weisman Art Museum (WAM), the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), and the Minnesota Design Center (MDC) invite University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students to collaborate with the internationally renowned artist Wafaa Bilal and help reimagine the once-besieged library of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad. During the next academic year (2020–21), WAM, ICGC and the MDC will host Wafaa as a fellow. In preparation for the fellowship, Wafaa will visit…
Hosted by the Theater of Public Policy and Tane Danger
Featuring comics Suzie Afridi, Usama Siddiquee and Amer Zahr
On the night of 2020 Presidential Election, the Theater of Public Policy and comics Suzie Afridi, Usama Siddiquee, and Amer Zahr will collaborate for an evening of comedy and commentary on the incoming election news coverage and reflection on the state of “Amreeka,” as the word is pronounced in Arabic.
This event is created by WAM Target Studio artist-in-residence Wafaa Bilal and the Theater of Public Policy. Learn more about Wafaa Bilal’s Target Studio residency >>
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About the Collaborators
First created in 2016 by Wafaa Bilal, Amreeka is a comedy showcase that brings together a diverse group of comics—Middle Eastern, Asian, Latino, Black, Jewish—that all have one thing in common: they love to complain. The historical and current political environment leaves no shortage of opportunities to do just that.
The first Amreeka show debuted three days after Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election and, since, has become a popular forum for irreverently riffing on the latest political and cultural developments in “Amreeka.”
The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2 for short) is Minnesota’s favorite, most-successful, and coincidentally only civics-inspired improv comedy company. Since 2011, they have used improv comedy to unpack and re-imagine hard “thinky” issues on stage and online. Every Election Night since 2014, T2P2 has hosted a live comedy and civics cabaret.
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About the Comics
Suzie Afridi is a Palestinian American woman living on the upper west side of Manhattan. When she was 14, her family immigrated to America. In her twenties, she worked for a bunch of startups (none went public which is why she still needs a bio). Then she pretended to be a professional tax accountant.
Usama Siddiquee is a Bengali-American stand-up comedian and actor based in New York. He’s the kind of comic you want to follow right now, so you can totally gloat to your friends about how you were totally into him before he got huge. And then they’ll get really jealous of your impeccable foresight and superior taste.
Amer Zahr is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, academic, and adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He draws on his experiences growing up as a child of Palestinian immigrant parents, performing and lecturing on topics like politics, society, Islam, growing up Arab, and more.