Board & Staff
Shruti Parekh (Administrative Coordinator) is a freelance filmmaker, editor, and multimedia artist from Atlanta, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. For the past year she has been directing, shooting, and editing music videos for independent music artists, producing fashion pieces, and working on independent films and documentaries. Her personal projects range from documentaries to animation to narrative shorts. Shruti graduated from Brown University in 2010 with a BA in Modern Culture and Media and focused on visual art, film production, and media theory. Her artistic interests cover a wide range, from drawing and painting to film, design, and new media. Her non-artistic interests cover an even wider range and are what inspire her to create art in the first place.
Nandita Ahmed is an artist, designer, and filmmaker. She graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Media Arts and Sciences. She started off her career as a producer/editor for a boutique-size ad agency based in New York City and had the opportunity to work on many high-profile accounts including Amazon.com, New York Jets, the French Culinary Institute, and various Condé Nast Publications. Since then, Nandita has started her own agency, Brand Bean LLC (http://www.brandbean.com), and has expanded her portfolio into documentary films. Nandita is currently involved in a feature documentary tentatively titled Peacekeepers (http://www.peacekeepersdoc.com), for which she is doubling up as Field Producer and Editor. Nandita was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh and resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist born in Benares, India, and currently based in Toronto and New York City. She received her BFA (Visual Art and Art History) from York University, Toronto and her MA (Studio Art) from New York University. Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, photography and video, has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally over the past 16 years. Her recent projects include two-person and group exhibitions at: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC; India Art Summit, Delhi; Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia; Aicon Gallery, NY; Religare Arts Initiative, Delhi; Gales Gallery/ York University, Toronto; Dazibao, Montreal; Guild Gallery, NY; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Experimental Art Gallery/ Habitat Centre, Delhi; and Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh. Bahl is a founding artist member of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and ZEN-MIX 2000: Pan-Asian Visual Arts Network in Toronto. She has also worked with a number of post-secondary institutions and arts organizations as an educator, curator and arts programmer.
Monica Jahan Bose is a Bangladeshi-American artist, lawyer, and activist. Her work includes painting, drawing, printmaking, installation and sculpture, as well as advocacy on women’s issues, the arts, and the environment. Born in Britain, she has also lived in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Japan, and France. Her heritage is both Hindu (father’s side) and Muslim (mother’s side). She studied art at Wesleyan University and Santiniketan and has a law degree from Columbia University. She spent five years in Paris, where she had two solo gallery exhibitions, an invitational show at UNESCO, and was one of 12 nominees invited to participate in the Prix Marin Exhibition of emerging painters in 2010. She has also exhibited her work in Bangladesh, India, Japan, and the US. She uses garments as a metaphor for the female body and spirit. She now lives and works in Washington DC, spending part of the year working in Paris and Dhaka. She is an artist-in-residence at the Red Dirt Studio Seminar and serves on the board of Samhati, a DC-based Bangladeshi women’s organization that creates small projects focused on ecology and literacy to empower poor women in Bangladesh.
Marcy Chevali is a studio artist working in sewing thread, fibers, lint, tracing paper, tea, sugar, turmeric, and water drawn from a nearby river. She received a BFA from The Ohio State University and explored the spatial metaphors of her emotions while earning a MFA from Maine College of Art. Her work has been shown at venues such as Aicon Gallery, AC Institute, ICA at MECA, Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University and with organizations such as 4heads, Art Connects New York, and SAWCC. She recently completed a six-month residency with Gallery Aferro. During the pauses from tangling or untangling thread, she twists images into short video collaborations.
Anjali Goyal is a graduate student in library and information science at Rutgers University. From 2003–08, Anjali was the programs director at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in NYC. She has also worked in arts nonprofits and publishing as a copy editor and research assistant. Born and raised in Ohio, she received a BA in English at Ohio University in Athens, OH.
Amita Manghnani is the Manager of Public Programs & Communications at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Along with planning the Institute’s public programs, she is involved in research, exhibition, and archival projects related to New York City’s Asian/Pacific American communities. Previously, she was the program director at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and a marketing and publicity associate at the Feminist Press. She holds an MA in Archives and Public History from New York University and a BA in American Civilization with a focus on race and ethnicity from Brown University. Born in Honolulu, she now lives in Brooklyn.
Josheen Oberoi is a specialist in South Asian art and currently works at the auction house Saffronart (New York). She previously worked at Bodhi Art, New York as a gallerist and subsequently as associate curator. She has received a masters in medieval Indian history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a masters in South Asian art history from Florida State University. In the past, she worked for Miditech, where she assistant-produced documentary series on Indian art and architecture and other projects for the BBC. Currently she is interested in the confluences and disjunctures between the textual and visual aspects of South Asian history.
Jasmine Wahi is a New York City based independent curator and the co-founder of Project For Empty Space, a nonprofit arts organization that is dedicated to bringing contemporary art to communities world-wide through the use of abandoned and unusual urban spaces. Ms. Wahi’s curatorial practice primarily focuses on addressing social issues through the exhibition and exploration of work by women of color. In addition to serving on the SAWCC Board, Jasmine is also a volunteer teacher at GEMS (the Girls Educational Mentoring Services network) and an advocate for women/girls sexual rights.
Sunita Mukhi is a theater/film/performance artist, writer, cultural programs curator and an interdisciplinary performance scholar. She writes poetry, stories, monologues and performs these as part of her own self-directed and produced productions. These performance works are on sexuality, women’s power, the slipperiness of identity and other yearnings. Her poems have also appeared in Contours of the Heart, Desilicious: Sexy, Subversive, South Asian, and in her own doctoral dissertation published by Routeledge as Doing the Desi Thing (2000). As a story-teller, she has composed and performed tales with dynamic women as central characters, and that espouse the redemptive power of the arts as seminal themes. As part of the Asia Society’s Cultural Programs Division and as the pioneering Director of the Charles B. Wang Center’s Asian/American Programming at Stony Brook University, she produced over 600 innovative programs to promote a multi-faceted, intellectually sound and humane understanding of Asianness. Also for Stony Brook University’s Asian and Asian American Studies Department and Center for India Studies, she developed and taught courses on Performance, Cinema, and the South Asian Diaspora until December 2013. She continues her curatorial work, arts advocacy and practice as a proud board member of SAWCC, and as the Artistic Director of DeviDiva Productions.