Photo courtesy of Labkhand Olfatmanesh and Gazelle Samizay
The South Asian Womxn’s Creative Collective presents
April 1–May 15, 2021
at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
Curated by Grace Aneiza Ali
In a year defined by great turmoil and deep sorrow, when all forms of symbolic and actual distance, division, and isolation overwhelmed our daily lives and our world, how did we make space for meaningful creativity, connection, and collaboration?
Encounters features fourteen women from the South Asian diaspora who came together across geographical, cultural, political, and religious boundaries. Working as “artist pairs” and grounded in an ethos of friendship, creative partnership, and community-building, their artworks illuminate shared bonds and histories, reveal personal and political narratives that may have been otherwise unknown or invisible, signal an economy of care, and envision a equitable future in which women thrive.
Featuring works by:
Rashida Abuwala & Maya Mackrandilal
Anjali Deshmukh & Purvi Shah
Renluka Maharaj & Seema Shakti
Shreya Mehta & Barkha Patel
Labkhand Olfatmanesh & Gazelle Samizay
Ramya Ravisankar & Marcy Chevali
Sania Samad & Sadia Pasha Kamran
Encounters will be on view online and by appointment at JCAL’s Miller Gallery (161-04 Jamaica Ave). Gallery hours are M-F 10am-6pm and select Saturdays 12-3pm. Click here to schedule a time to view the exhibition in-person.
View an online gallery of the works in the exhibition, learn more about the artists, and see the full roster of past and upcoming programs here.
The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), founded in 1972, is a multidisciplinary arts center based in the diverse community of Southeast Queens. It devoted its mission to offer quality visual, performing, and literary arts, and to provide accessible education programs to encourage participation in the arts.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This program is additionally part of JCAL’s two-year pilot project, Building Equity for BIIPOC (Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, People of Color) Artists, funded by New York Community Trust.