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AK-Ami       2005 - 2013

AK-Ami 2005 - 2013

AK-Ami is one of two characters (the other being The Sand Ninja) created that portrayed the exaggerations of identity many young women in diaspora from central/west/south Asia and North Africa took on post 9-11. AK is the militant alter ego who started wearing hijab as an identity marker to respond to wars, detentions, discrimination, but also as a response or even pander to exotification.

AK - Manifesto

Insurgency in a simple definition is the struggle of a people to defend themselves from dominant oppressors.

Was this picture taken in Baghdad or East LA? In the rubble of

Fallujah or Oakland? In the rubbish and destruction of Kabul or New

Orleans? Asmara or South Central LA? Port Au Prince or South Side of Chicago? Oaxaca or the Bronx? Housing Projects in France? US?

This is indeed photography of globalized destruction, land being stolen, it's people looted and raped. The food, soil and water, toxic and unhealthy. There is a full attempt to erase the cultures that are thriving. This is a neo-colonial urban setting that happens to be El Sereno, California in the US. But here a common struggle is shared with other parts of the earth termed as the "third world". Here in El Sereno, there is familiar pattern; a plot by capitalists and government officials for an invasion and land heist. The rate of living is high and if work is found it is hard and underpai

d. The pressures of living in poverty and injustice are creating a bloody internal feud. Street soldiers are forced into an underground economy and termed "urban terrorists". Laws are created to criminalize the community and termed by the dominant media and government as "for the good of the people". Police and government carry weapons but if residents do they are locked up, but more likely shot and killed on the street.

As we know, dominant media villainizes us.  We must as a people's struggle to create our own forms of media with what is accessible.

May peace and justice be with you – Malika Kubra & AK-Ami                                   

    
Malika Kubra & AK-Ami     2005 - 2013

Malika Kubra & AK-Ami 2005 - 2013

AK-Ami & Malika Kubra skillshare    2008

AK-Ami & Malika Kubra skillshare 2008

AK-Ami    Support Insurgency Stencil   2006

AK-Ami Support Insurgency Stencil 2006

AK-Ami  Silkscreen     2006

AK-Ami Silkscreen 2006

​Commissioned by Self Help Graphics

AK-Ami 2005 - 2013

AK-Ami is one of two characters (the other being The Sand Ninja) created that portrayed the exaggerations of identity many young women in diaspora from central/west/south Asia and North Africa took on post 9-11. AK is the militant alter ego who started wearing hijab as an identity marker to respond to wars, detentions, discrimination, but also as a response or even pander to exotification.

AK - Manifesto

Insurgency in a simple definition is the struggle of a people to defend themselves from dominant oppressors.

Was this picture taken in Baghdad or East LA? In the rubble of

Fallujah or Oakland? In the rubbish and destruction of Kabul or New

Orleans? Asmara or South Central LA? Port Au Prince or South Side of Chicago? Oaxaca or the Bronx? Housing Projects in France? US?

This is indeed photography of globalized destruction, land being stolen, it's people looted and raped. The food, soil and water, toxic and unhealthy. There is a full attempt to erase the cultures that are thriving. This is a neo-colonial urban setting that happens to be El Sereno, California in the US. But here a common struggle is shared with other parts of the earth termed as the "third world". Here in El Sereno, there is familiar pattern; a plot by capitalists and government officials for an invasion and land heist. The rate of living is high and if work is found it is hard and underpai

d. The pressures of living in poverty and injustice are creating a bloody internal feud. Street soldiers are forced into an underground economy and termed "urban terrorists". Laws are created to criminalize the community and termed by the dominant media and government as "for the good of the people". Police and government carry weapons but if residents do they are locked up, but more likely shot and killed on the street.

As we know, dominant media villainizes us.  We must as a people's struggle to create our own forms of media with what is accessible.

May peace and justice be with you – Malika Kubra & AK-Ami                                   

    

Malika Kubra & AK-Ami 2005 - 2013

AK-Ami & Malika Kubra skillshare 2008

AK-Ami Support Insurgency Stencil 2006

AK-Ami Silkscreen 2006

​Commissioned by Self Help Graphics

AK-Ami       2005 - 2013
Malika Kubra & AK-Ami     2005 - 2013
AK-Ami & Malika Kubra skillshare    2008
AK-Ami    Support Insurgency Stencil   2006
AK-Ami  Silkscreen     2006