For Love, From the Law
Humeysha and Theopoetics
the many become one and are increased by one.
-- AN Whitehead
"Zain Alam is a storyteller and musician whose work explores South Asian artistic traditions, transnational movements in the Islamic world, and diasporic identity in the U.S. Raised in Kennesaw, GA, he graduated from Wesleyan University where he wrote a thesis on the makings of an Indian Muslim and muhajir diaspora after Partition. He returned to India on the AIF Clinton fellowship as a story scholar for the 1947 Partition Archive. During this time, he wrote the songs that grew into the NYC-based band and recording project, Humeysha. He is presently a graduate student of Islamic studies at Harvard University, seeking to enrich the aesthetic and conceptual processes behind his creative endeavors."
Interview with Zain Alam in the Village Voice (April 15; 2016) by Tara Mahadevan. See entire interview above, with an excerpt below:
Notes in the Margin: The Music Video as Theopoetics
For Love, from the Law is filled with contrasts: sonic, linguistic, historical, aspirational. It reflects a longing for the new and a clinging to the old. It is from the Law: Yes. But it it is also to the Law of love and longing.