Announcing Non-Fiction issue #4 “Peculiar Forms”

We are happy to announce Peculiar Forms, a new issue of the Non-Fiction journal guest-edited by Aily Nash. Non-Fiction #4 Peculiar Forms will be published online in June 2022 and includes contributions by Peggy Ahwesh, Basma Alsharif, Payal Kapadia, Jean-Paul Kelly, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Jumana Manna, Aily Nash, Diane Severin Nguyen, Joana Pimenta & Adirley Queirós, Morgan Quaintance, and Oraib Toukan.

To launch the issue, artists and contributors, Morgan Quaintance and Diane Severin Nguyen will join Aily Nash at LUX on Sunday 5th June for a screening and an extended conversation. Both artists will present new moving image works that speak to the formative years of teenage life as the burgeoning moment of artistic and political awakening. Radical and lasting inspirations, as well as aspirations for transcendental experiences, informed these artists and their notions of what is possible in both life and through aesthetics.

Teen Spirits : Screening and conversation with Morgan Quaintance and Diane Severin Nguyen
3pm, Sunday 5th June at LUX.

Book Tickets



Non-Fiction Issue 4: Peculiar Forms
Edited by Aily Nash


If Revolution is a Sickness: A Conversation
Diane Severin Nguyen and Aily Nash

Hard Fiction
Basma Alsharif and Jumana Manna

An image in question
Oraib Toukan

Peggy Ahwesh

Dry Ground Burning: A Conversation
Joana Pimenta, Adirley Queirós, and Aily Nash

Real Property
James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Notes on Making A Night of Knowing Nothing
Payal Kapadia

Morgan Quaintance

The Thief Lives in Hell
Jean-Paul Kelly



Non-Fiction is a journal from Open City Documentary Festival. The publication was launched in 2020 with the aim to create a space for considered, critical and creative writing on non-fiction, featuring contributions offered in response to moving image, audio or cross-media, both contemporary and historical. The first two issues were edited by Matt Turner and published in print form. In 2021, Non-Fiction moved online in order to be more widely accessible. We aim to publish two issues a year, each edited by a different guest editor. Non-Fiction #4 Peculiar Forms is edited by Aily Nash.

Aily Nash is a curator and educator based in New York. She is a programmer at the New York Film Festival, serving on the selection committee for the Currents section, and is head of short films. She co-curated the Projections section of the festival from 2014–2019. She was a program advisor to the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s short film section from 2015-2022. She served as a Biennial advisor and co-curator of the film program for the 2017 Whitney Biennial and was head of programming for the 2018 Images Festival in Toronto. She has curated programs and exhibitions for MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Anthology Film Archives, SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries, REDCAT, Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Tabakalera Centre for Contemporary Culture, Doc’s Kingdom, FACT Liverpool, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Ghost:256, and others. She currently teaches at Bard College and Bard Prison Initiative.