Sometimes a theme inserts itself into an issue of Rungh. For this issue, "identity" keeps popping up.
Salman Rushdie dissects identity in his conversation with Hal Wake at the Vancouver Writers Fest and Am Johal reviews Asad Haider's Mistaken Identity as Rungh continues to engage with this complex term.
Identity becomes a point of contention and divergence in a Rungh hosted conversation about the state of South Asian Theatre in Canada with Rahul Varma, Jivesh Parasram, Zahida Rahemtulla, Kathleen Flaherty and Rohit Chokani. In another conversation that crosses national and identity boundaries, curator Swapnaa Tamhane, converses with artists Babak Golkar, Sukaina Kubba, Dawit L. Petros, Nep Sidhu and Janet Vadera at the Aga Khan Museum about the museum's Canadian artist focussed exhibition, "HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists". The conversation about global circulations of art and culture continue with this issue's Artist Run Centre which features art work (and all the banner art for this issue) by Soheila K. Esfahani and curatorial text by Noa Bronstein.
Community and performance are some of the themes which emerge in the curatorial text and a set of reflections which contextualize this issue's Screens piece, The Courtyard Commission: Dispersion with artists Scheherazaad Cooper, Kiran Bhumber and Nancy Lee.
In the Reviews section, Hanif Karim reviews Rawi Hage's incendiary, Beirut Hellfire Society, while Mandeep Wirk, contemplates playwright Munish Sharma dancing his life away at the Monsoon Festival.
Human play and respectful relationships with nature are a part of what Charles Campbell writes about in his review of Ayumi Goto's and Sandra Semchuck's 3D video How to Climb a Tree, as a part of the Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Larissa Lai's new novel The Tiger Flu is excerpted in the Fiction section and takes the reader to the world of Saltwater City and the Sisters Grist.
As we start our next volume, remember that Rungh is about more than identity.