We are honored to welcome Palestinian artist Ayed Arafah as our first State of Water guest in 2024. Ayed’s art has been featured around the world from Cairo to Oslo to exhibits across the United States. He became beloved by many folks within our Michigan community during his artist residency at Earthwork Farm several years ago. Ayed shares about his creative process and how he engages art as a powerful tool to raise awareness and to create a space of freedom and imagination in the midst of a life lived under occupation. Ayed also poignantly shares about his relationship with water and his own painful disconnection from the nearby seas – living in a reality where he is able to travel and enjoy the Great Lakes but is unable to access the neighboring and culturally significant Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea. We also get a personal update from Ayed on the horrors of the current situation in his homeland.
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State of Water is a program of the Michigan-based non-profit organization Title Track, and is powered by the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan. The podcast is made possible through a generous contribution from the Esperance Foundation.
Ayed Arafah interviewed by Seth Bernard
Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus and Chris Good
Narrators – Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Angela Gallegos, Rachel Marco-Havens
Graphic by Chris Good
Theme Music – Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus
Featured Music – “Homestretch” by Ecotone; “Authors (instrumental demo)” by Dan Rickabus; and “Cindy’s Waltz” by Seth Bernard