Myth of Layla in Jersey City

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016

Artwork from the video installation with different characters and text

The Myth of Layla

The Myth of Layla is an interactive video installation by ITP alumna Amy Khoshbin, happening at Mana Contemporary from Sept 25 - Nov 12, 2016 with live reality show-style performances occurring this Sat Oct 8 promptly at 4:30pm and Sat Oct 15 at 6pm-- an artist talk with Carmen Hermo, Brooklyn Museum Curator, follows this performance. This piece is about political ideology, celebrity-obsessed media, and an Iranian-American activist named Layla based on Khoshbin's personal history. Set in the not-too-distant future, a big-brother media conglomerate called The Network runs the country's government and is at war with a fictionalized Middle Eastern country akin to Iran.The Network invites Layla and Mana audience members onto their new reality show, Activists in Sexy Solidarity (ASS).

Here's the trailer:

We're running a Kickstarter to support the amazing team working on the project, please check it out and share widely!

All performances are free, about an hour long, and the content is strangely reflective of what is happening in American media with the current 2016 election and the anti-Middle Eastern "war on terror." Sat Oct 8 is an Open Studios event at Mana Contemporary, and Sat Oct 15 will have a party immediately following the 6pm performance with DJ's and free drinks all night!

The Myth of Layla

Sat Oct 8 at 4:30pm

Sat Oct 15 at 6pm with artist talk and afterparty following

Mana Contemporary

888 Newark Ave

Jersey City, NJ