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Cookie Jar, a pamphlet series of the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, gathers five new pieces of writing by grantees that take on home as an unruly site of inheritance, memory, and imagination. 


In “Ejecta,” Ari Larissa Heinrich reflects on artist Jes Fan’s melanin sculptures and the geology of metaphoric language. Tan Lin’s “The Fern Rose Bibliography” is a meditation on the loss of his parents through an olfactory exploration of his family’s books. M. Neelika Jayawardane’s “‘This is not the correct history’” questions the evidentiary nature of documentary photography foregrounding the slippery ethics of reading images of the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka. In “He Brought a Swastika to the Summer of Love,” William E. Jones closely reads the fascist iconography in the films of Kenneth Anger for their prescient, unnerving connections to our contemporary political moment. In “Racial Chain of Being,” Shaka McGlotten updates the chart of representations that was Donna Haraway’s provocation in “A Cyborg Manifesto,” in the process forging connections between familial legacy, Black radicalism, and the classroom. 


In her masterwork Home is a Foreign Place (1999)—from which we borrow the title and cover image for this volume—the artist Zarina wrote, “The titles of my work always come to me before the image. Language ties my work together. Urdu is home.” Titled Home, this is the first of thirty-six woodblock prints that recall the artist’s childhood residence in Aligarh, India. Even a partial list of Zarina’s titles—Threshold, Courtyard, Shadows, Fragrance, Despair—reveal how the viewer is invited into the sensorium of Zarina’s elusive idea of home. 


The essays in this first volume of Cookie Jar, varied in scope and approach, illuminate the interior landscapes associated with home. Collectively, they demonstrate the fearlessness—and the tenderness—with which writing may yet encounter art.

—Pradeep Dalal and Shiv Kotecha, Editors

Cookie Jar, a pamphlet series of the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, gathers five new pieces of writing by grantees that take on home as an unruly site of inheritance, memory, and imagination. 


In “Ejecta,” Ari Larissa Heinrich reflects on artist Jes Fan’s melanin sculptures and the geology of metaphoric language. Tan Lin’s “The Fern Rose Bibliography” is a meditation on the loss of his parents through an olfactory exploration of his family’s books. M. Neelika Jayawardane’s “‘This is not the correct history’” questions the evidentiary nature of documentary photography foregrounding the slippery ethics of reading images of the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka. In “He Brought a Swastika to the Summer of Love,” William E. Jones closely reads the fascist iconography in the films of Kenneth Anger for their prescient, unnerving connections to our contemporary political moment. In “Racial Chain of Being,” Shaka McGlotten updates the chart of representations that was Donna Haraway’s provocation in “A Cyborg Manifesto,” in the process forging connections between familial legacy, Black radicalism, and the classroom. 


In her masterwork Home is a Foreign Place (1999)—from which we borrow the title and cover image for this volume—the artist Zarina wrote, “The titles of my work always come to me before the image. Language ties my work together. Urdu is home.” Titled Home, this is the first of thirty-six woodblock prints that recall the artist’s childhood residence in Aligarh, India. Even a partial list of Zarina’s titles—Threshold, Courtyard, Shadows, Fragrance, Despair—reveal how the viewer is invited into the sensorium of Zarina’s elusive idea of home. 


The essays in this first volume of Cookie Jar, varied in scope and approach, illuminate the interior landscapes associated with home. Collectively, they demonstrate the fearlessness—and the tenderness—with which writing may yet encounter art.

—Pradeep Dalal and Shiv Kotecha, Editors

Cookie Jar

COOKIE JAR 1 | HOME IS A FOREIGN PLACE INCLUDES:


Ejecta by Ari Larissa Heinrich

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'This is not the correct history': Lacunae, Contested Narratives, and Evidentiary Images from Sri Lanka's Civil War by M. Neelika Jayawardane

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He Brought a Swastika to the Summer of Love by William E. Jones

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The Fern Rose Bibliography by Tan Lin

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Racial Chain of Being: The More Things Change, The More Things Change by Shaka McGlotten

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COOKIE JAR 1 | HOME IS A FOREIGN PLACE INCLUDES:


Ejecta by Ari Larissa Heinrich

PDF | epub

'This is not the correct history': Lacunae, Contested Narratives, and Evidentiary Images from Sri Lanka's Civil War by M. Neelika Jayawardane

PDF | epub

He Brought a Swastika to the Summer of Love by William E. Jones

PDF | epub

The Fern Rose Bibliography by Tan Lin

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Racial Chain of Being: The More Things Change, The More Things Change by Shaka McGlotten

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Free PDF and epub downloads of each of the essays in the volume are available using the links above. 

Contributors

Ari Larissa Heinrich is Professor of Chinese Media and Culture at the Australian National University. Heinrich has written on topics ranging from the history of medical photography and painting to the exhibition of cadavers in internationally circulating anatomical displays. They are also known for their translations of key works of queer literature from Taiwan such as Qiu Miaojin’s Last Words from Montmartre (New York Review Books, 2014) and Chi Ta-wei’s The Membranes (Columbia University Press, 2021). “Ejecta” is an entry in their book-length experimental glossary project, which has the working title Decolonial Melanin


M. Neelika Jayawardane is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York- Oswego and a Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design (VIAD), University of Johannesburg. Her writing and research is centered on South Africa and her scholarly publications focus on the nexus between written texts, visual art, photography, and the transnational/transhistorical implications of colonialism, ongoing forms of discrimination, displacement, and migration on individuals and communities. She is a recipient of a 2018 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for a book project on Afrapix, a South African photographers’ agency that operated during the last decade of apartheid. Jayawardane was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Zambia, and completed her university education in the United States. 

William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. He has made two feature-length experimental films, Massillon (1991) and Finished (1997); the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004); and videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998), Psychic Driving (2014), and Fall into Ruin (2017). His work has been the subject of retrospectives at Tate Modern, London (2005); Anthology Film Archives, New York (2010); and the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna (2011). He is the author of the nonfiction books Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010), Halsted Plays Himself (2011), Imitation of Christ (2013), and True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell (2016), as well as the novels I’m Open to Anything (2019) and I Should Have Known Better (2021). He lives in Los Angeles. 


Tan Lin is the author of twelve books. “The Fern Rose Bibliography” is excerpted from his forthcoming novel Our Feelings Were Made by Hand. He lives with his family in New York City, where he tends roses and mosses on a terrace. 


Shaka McGlotten is Professor of Media Studies and Anthropology at Purchase College–SUNY, where they chair the Global Black Studies and Gender Studies programs. Their work stages encounters between Black study, queer theory, media, technology, and art.

Ari Larissa Heinrich is Professor of Chinese Media and Culture at the Australian National University. Heinrich has written on topics ranging from the history of medical photography and painting to the exhibition of cadavers in internationally circulating anatomical displays. They are also known for their translations of key works of queer literature from Taiwan such as Qiu Miaojin’s Last Words from Montmartre (New York Review Books, 2014) and Chi Ta-wei’s The Membranes (Columbia University Press, 2021). “Ejecta” is an entry in their book-length experimental glossary project, which has the working title Decolonial Melanin


M. Neelika Jayawardane is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York- Oswego and a Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design (VIAD), University of Johannesburg. Her writing and research is centered on South Africa and her scholarly publications focus on the nexus between written texts, visual art, photography, and the transnational/transhistorical implications of colonialism, ongoing forms of discrimination, displacement, and migration on individuals and communities. She is a recipient of a 2018 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for a book project on Afrapix, a South African photographers’ agency that operated during the last decade of apartheid. Jayawardane was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Zambia, and completed her university education in the United States. 

William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. He has made two feature-length experimental films, Massillon (1991) and Finished (1997); the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004); and videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998), Psychic Driving (2014), and Fall into Ruin (2017). His work has been the subject of retrospectives at Tate Modern, London (2005); Anthology Film Archives, New York (2010); and the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna (2011). He is the author of the nonfiction books Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010), Halsted Plays Himself (2011), Imitation of Christ (2013), and True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell (2016), as well as the novels I’m Open to Anything (2019) and I Should Have Known Better (2021). He lives in Los Angeles. 


Tan Lin is the author of twelve books. “The Fern Rose Bibliography” is excerpted from his forthcoming novel Our Feelings Were Made by Hand. He lives with his family in New York City, where he tends roses and mosses on a terrace. 


Shaka McGlotten is Professor of Media Studies and Anthropology at Purchase College–SUNY, where they chair the Global Black Studies and Gender Studies programs. Their work stages encounters between Black study, queer theory, media, technology, and art.

Cookie Jar 1 | Home is a Foreign Place is a publication of the The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, New York 


Editors: Pradeep Dalal and Shiv Kotecha 

Project Coordinator: Julie Evanoff

Copy Editor: Deirdre O’Dwyer

Design: Studio Remco van Bladel

Photos: The Book Photographer

Cookie Jar 1 | Home is a Foreign Place is a publication of the The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, New York 


Editors: Pradeep Dalal and Shiv Kotecha 

Project Coordinator: Julie Evanoff

Copy Editor: Deirdre O’Dwyer

Design: Studio Remco van Bladel

Photos: The Book Photographer

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