Animating Exclusions: Ali Kazimi’s Continuous Journey and the Virtualities of Racialized Exclusion

Ayesha Hameed, Tamara Vukov


In his 2004 documentary Continuous Journey, Ali Kazimi employs an innovative aesthetic of animated archival material to draw out the often suppressed links between the continuous-journey regulation of the 1908 Immigration Act and the Safe Third Country Agreement passed between Canada and the U.S. (2004). Taking the links between these two landmark policies as its point of reference, this essay draws out both Kazimi’s provocative animation of Canadian immigration history and the virtualities of racialization and exclusion (Deleuze 1994). First, we consider the virtual aspects of the exclusions of Canadian immigration and refugee policy. Continuous Journey actualizes and reanimates the virtualized legacies of these exclusions in a manner that challenges Canada’s celebratory mythos of inclusivity and its denial of racialized practices. We also examine Kazimi’s intervention within intercultural video art and its mobilization of tactics of virtuality within discourses of anti-imperial transnationalism.

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