PanelÂ DiscussionÂ onÂ ContemporaryÂ PakistaniÂ Art
Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 7-9pm
@ Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd St, 10th floor (between 5th AveÂ andÂ Broadway)
New York, NY
SAWCC is proud to presentÂ aÂ panelÂ discussionÂ onÂ PakistaniÂ artÂ andÂ censorship. AsÂ contemporaryÂ PakistaniÂ artÂ quickly crosses bordersÂ andÂ gains international leeway, localÂ artÂ production is nevertheless stifled by government manipulation andÂ censorship. Acutely aware ofÂ theÂ nation’s socio-economic state of affairs, controversial imagery asÂ aÂ means of commentaryÂ andÂ communication is still gravely discouragedÂ andÂ suppressed.
Razia Sadik, Ruby Chishti, Shalalae Jamil,Â andÂ Asma Kazmi — three femaleÂ PakistaniÂ artists practicing inÂ the United States — come together to generateÂ aÂ dialogue around negotiatingÂ censorshipÂ andÂ artÂ production intheÂ West asÂ PakistaniÂ artists. What areÂ theÂ consequences of such libertiesÂ andassuagements when practicing inÂ theÂ diaspora? What responsibilities must still be considered within this framework?
Ruby Chishti graduated fromÂ theÂ National College of Arts Lahore, PakistanÂ and resides in New York. She has been exhibiting internationally since 2000 in Lahore, Sydney, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Chicago, Islamabad, New York,Â and recently at Center ofÂ ContemporaryÂ Art in Sacramento. Her work is held in private collectionsÂ andÂ featured in booksÂ andÂ magazines. She has held residencies in EnglandÂ andÂ PakistanÂ andÂ in 2006 she receivedÂ aÂ fellowship award at Vermont Studio Center. Her work is very personalÂ andÂ political, making strong statements about gender issuesÂ andÂ war. She takes humbleÂ andÂ ephemeral materialsÂ and creates works ofÂ art, such as Weapon of Mass Destruction and Cessation
Shalalae Jamil was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1978. Educated at Bennington College (BFA, 2001)Â andÂ theÂ School ofÂ theÂ ArtÂ Institute of Chicago, (MFA, 2006) she has since then taught, exhibited,Â andÂ curated work in Pakistan,Â theÂ US,andÂ theÂ UK. Using photography, video, installation,Â andÂ elements of performance, her works target home asÂ aÂ region consumed byÂ theÂ collisions between religion, tradition,Â andÂ modernity. In 2009, she has shown work atÂ theKara Film Festival, Grey Noise,Â andÂ Woman Made Gallery. Her work is in private collections in India, Pakistan,Â andÂ theÂ US. CurrentlyÂ theÂ artist livesÂ andÂ works between KarachiÂ andÂ New York.
Asma Kazmi was born in PakistanÂ andÂ studied at Massachusetts College ofÂ Artin BostonÂ andÂ theÂ School ofÂ theÂ ArtÂ Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibitedÂ andÂ included in collections such asÂ theÂ ContemporaryÂ ArtÂ Museum in St Louis; Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels, Belgium; Gallery 400, University of Illinois in Chicago; Boston Underground Film Festival; Balagan FilmÂ andÂ Video Series, Boston; Women In Film & Video/New England;Â andÂ theÂ MassArt Film Society.
Razia Sadik is an artist, curator,Â andÂ collegeÂ artÂ teacher. She was born in Karachi in 1972Â andÂ was educated atÂ theÂ National College of Arts in Lahore. She completed her MFA at Central Saint Martins College ofÂ ArtÂ andÂ Design, London in 1999. Following this she wasÂ aÂ studioÂ andÂ contextual studies instructor atÂ theDepartment of DesignÂ andÂ theÂ Department of FineÂ ArtÂ atÂ theÂ National College of Arts, LahoreÂ andÂ theÂ Beaconhouse National Universityâ€“School of Visual Arts, Lahore, Pakistan for seven years. She is currently pursuing her doctorate inÂ the ArtÂ andÂ ArtÂ Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2008 Razia coordinatedÂ andÂ presented at the “Conversations Across Cultures: South Asian Imaginaries” symposiumÂ onÂ art, video,Â andÂ musicÂ andÂ curated its accompanying “Critical Studio: Dialogue with South Asian Artists” exhibitionÂ andforum at Teachers College. She is collaborating with two faculty members from Teachers CollegeÂ onÂ producingÂ aÂ comprehensive publication about this event. Razia isÂ aÂ studio instructor, student-teacher supervisor,Â andÂ theÂ director ofÂ the MacyÂ ArtÂ Gallery inÂ theÂ ArtÂ andÂ ArtÂ Education program at Teachers College.