Amalgam #4 issue launch

with Pouya Ahmadi, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Helina Metaferia and Paul Soulellis
October 27, 2023

Printed Matter Chelsea
231 11th Avenue

Join us for an event to launch Amalgam #4, featuring project editor Pouya Ahmadi joined in conversation with contributors Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Helina Metaferia and Paul Soulellis.

Amalgam #4 points, ever so deliberately, toward the inextricably intertwined relationships between typography, language, and power. In doing so, it assembles a series of essays, anecdotal notes, conversations, and artworks that engage with, hint at, or revolve around the theme of collapse. From collapse of language syntax, to collapse of semantics, barriers between languages, and language itself, this collection reverberates the material and immaterial conditions, formations, reproduction, and dissemination of power through language and typography. A series of revolutionary headdresses; the auditory and polemic bonds between the letters X, ח, and خ; the interiorities of illegibility; the downfall of the ancient Silk Road patterns; the West Asian Goddesses; an asemic grief; a deliberately missing language; a hearty stutter; and an Aleph that wore a hat to school.

Edited and designed by Pouya Ahmadi.

Contributors of this issue (in order of appearance): Adrien Flores, JJJJJerome Ellis, Klara du Plessis, Sophie Seita, Luis Camnitzer, Slavs and Tatars, Mimi Ọnụọha, Minh Nguyen, Maia Ruth Lee, Mashinka Firunts Hakopian, Helina Metaferia, Paul Soulellis, Carlos Motta, Lucy I. Zimmerman, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Paul Benzon, Morehshin Allahyari, Anahita Razmi, J. Dakota Brown, Shabahang Tayyari, Mahan Moalemi, Dennis Grauel, Sasha Wilmoth, Thy Hà, and Alec Mapes-Frances