Anooj Bhandari

Anooj Bhandari

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United States

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Biography (English)

Anooj is a community organizer and multi-disciplinary performance artist, combining curiosity around spaces of transition, waiting, conflict, contest, and unknown, with histories of community organizing and movement building in an attempt to decolonize and reconstruct concepts of dignity and love. Anooj is an abolitionist who believes that companionship is the playground for understanding, embodying, and manifesting surveillance-free space, and uses his playwriting practice to uplift narratives that reveal the wonder of holding lonely questions within community. In live performance, Anooj contends with what it means to have a body through poetics, nonsense, and movement. His current campaign work focuses on manifesting schools and libraries as public spaces of trust and interdependence. Anooj is an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, the Art and Justice Lead at How to Build Up, Inc., and the Coordinator of Training and Youth Programming at Restorative Justice Initiative.

Biografía personal (español)

Organizador comunitario, artista multidisciplinario, combina la curiosidad por los espacios de transición, espera, conflicto, competencia y lo desconocido, con historias de organización comunitaria y construcción de movimientos en un intento por descolonizar y reconstruir los conceptos de dignidad y amor.Es un abolicionista que cree que el compañerismo es el patio de recreo para comprender, encarnar y manifestar un espacio libre de vigilancia, y utiliza su práctica de dramaturgia para elevar narrativas que revelan la maravilla de mantener preguntas solitarias dentro de la comunidad. En la actuación en vivo, discute lo que significa tener un cuerpo a través de la poética, el disparate y el movimiento. Actualmente centrado en manifestar escuelas y bibliotecas como espacios públicos de confianza e interdependencia. Es miembro de New York Neo-Futurists, líder de arte y justicia en How to Build Up, Inc., y coordinador de capacitación y programación juvenil en Restorative Justice Initiative.

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