Thanushka Yakupitiyage / Ushka, Artist-in-Residence

Uskha DJs
Photo by Kolin Mendez.

“While the State escalates deportations, expands detention facilities, and broadens investments at the southern border, and with rollbacks threatening existing policies meant to address climate change, health care, LGBTQ rights, and more—I want to explore this ‘new normal’ and the role of artist-activists within it. During my residency, I plan to bring artists and activists together in conversations about disruption, dignity, sanctuary, and daily acts of resistance.”
—Thanushka Yakupitiyage / Ushka

We are thrilled to announce Thanushka Yakupitiyage / Ushka as the A/P/A Institute at NYU 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence. Director Crystal Parikh writes, “In her work as a DJ and as an activist, [Yakupitiyage] brings sound, music, lyrics, and movement to bear on struggles for immigrant rights, climate justice, and a host of other progressive causes. Talented at translating her critical politics into sociable art forms and vice-versa, [she] has worked with the New York Immigration Coalition, 350.org, and diverse New York City clubs and events. Bringing with her a sensibility that is at once attuned to the needs of local communities but also informed by cultural practices from across the globe, Ushka, as she’s also known, forges much needed solidarity across many borders.”

Learn more about Thanushka Yakupitiyage / Ushka’s work as a DJ, activist, multidisciplinary artist, and cultural producer, and join us on Tuesday, September 25 to welcome her to NYU.