Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Book Works, 2017 (Third Edition 2019)
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.3 x 17.3 cm
Drawing together communiqués, covert interviews, oral and underground history of introvert struggles (Introfada), here for the first time is a detailed documentation of the political demands of shy people.
Radicalised against the imperial domination of globalised PR projectionism, extrovert poise and loudness, the Shy Radicals and their guerrilla wing the Shy Underground are a vanguard movement intent on trans-rupting consensus extrovert-supremacist politics and assertiveness culture of the twenty first century. The movement aims to establish an independent homeland – Aspergistan, a utopian state for introverted people, run according to Shyria Law and underpinned by Pan-Shyist ideology, protecting the rights of the oppressed quiet and shy people.
Shy Radicals are the Black Panther Party of the introvert class, and this anti-systemic manifesto is a quiet and thoughtful polemic, a satire that uses anti-colonial theory to build a critique of dominant culture and the rising tide of Islamophobia.
Hamja Ahsan is an artist, writer and independent curator based in London. In 2019, Ahsan adapted the book Shy Radicals into Crack Up – Crack Down, an exhibition project for the Thirty-Third Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts where it received top honours as the winner of the biennial’s Grand Prize.