Hiba Ali, Abra

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October 9 – November 7, 2020

Hiba Ali

Essay by Sajdeep Soomal

“I examine the expansive role of Amazon in the industries of AI, web store and cloud service. The myth that technology is supposed to make the world a better place is contradicted by the rise of behemoth corporations, such as Amazon. Black and brown people are made hyper-visible subjects via Amazon’s AI-webcam doorbell Ring, facial recognition software and paranoid “neighborhood watch” app. Due to gross negligence, and abusive work conditions, Amazon extracts labor from their workers until they are injured or die. The abusive policies of Amazon are replicated by their partnerships with arming the police, military and ICE that harm the lives of their factory and delivery workers, predominantly people of color. Anti-Blackness, agoraphobia, racism, sexism and homophobia are founded and maintained in our material realities and encoded into technological systems’ structural biases. My research as a performance, video artist and scholar examines the connection between local and international modes of incarceration and deportation.”

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