September 15, 2021

A discussion of Best! at the Institute for Comparative Modernities

Christopher K. Ho, Daisy Nam, Iftikhar Dadi, Rachel Ossip, and Dushko Petrovich Córdova in conversation

A panel discussion and series of readings from Paper Monument’s 2021 anthology Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the Arts, part of the Institute for Comparative Modernities’ Fall 2021 New Books Series. Featuring readings, annotations, and dialogue with editors and contributors Christopher K. Ho, Daisy Nam, Iftikhar Dadi, Rachel Ossip, and Dushko Petrovich.  Ifikhar Dadi will present his piece, Timepass,” and editors will read and annotate pieces from Hera Chan and Annie Anline Cheng. Hosted by ICM at Cornell University and the Cornell University Asian American Studies Program.

12–1 PM EST
Wednesday, September 15
RSVP and find more information via ICM.


Christopher K. Ho is a speculative artist based in Hong Kong and New York. His practice encompasses making, organizing, writing, and teaching. He is known for materially exquisite objects that draw from learned material about, and lived encounters with, power and otherness in an unevenly decolonized, increasingly networked world. He serves as Executive Director of Asia Art Archive.

Daisy Nam is the curator at Ballroom Marfa, a contemporary art space located in Far West Texas. Previously she was the assistant director at the Carpenter Center, Harvard University where she organized exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Prior, she produced seven seasons of public programs at the School of the Arts, Columbia University. Curatorial residencies and fellowships include: Marcia Tucker Fellow, New Museum, New York; Bellas Artes, Philippines; Surf Point Foundation, Maine; Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Korea. She holds a master’s degree in Curatorial and Critical Studies from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from New York University.

Iftikhar Dadi is Professor and Chair of the Department of History of Art and Director of the South Asia Program at Cornell University. Publications include Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (2010), the edited volume Anwar Jalal Shemza (2015), the co-edited catalogue Lines of Control (2012), and the co-edited reader Unpacking Europe (2001). Dadi serves on the editorial advisory boards of Archives of Asian Art and BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. As an artist he collaborates with Elizabeth Dadi. Their practice investigates identity and borders, and the capacities of urban informality across South Asia and the Global South.

Rachel Ossip is a designer, writer, and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She serves as the managing editor of Paper Monument and n+1 magazine, as well as the designer for n+1 books. She has worked with a range of small publishers, academic publications, and institutions, such as New Directions, the Othering & Belonging Journal, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Dushko Petrovich Córdova works in distributed media as an artist, writer, editor, and publisher. He is a co-founder of Paper Monument and serves on the n+1 Foundation board; he is an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he directs the New Arts Journalism program; and he is director of communications and publications for the 2022 edition of the FRONT Triennial.