Open Call: The Community as Studio


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A symposium on visual art presented by the
South Asian Women’s Creative Collective
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Venue: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
Location: 8 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10001
Date:  Saturday, November 19, 2016, 11 am to 6pm

      Symposium Co-chairs: Monica Jahan Bose and Josheen Oberoi                            SAWCC Coordinator: Natasha Zeta

Our participatory symposium considers the ways in which artists are taking their practices and aesthetic discourses outside the boundaries of the traditional studio and instead connecting with others in the community through collaboration with other practicing artists or family members; social practice projects; artist-centered actions and spaces; or direct community engagement.  With a focus on visual art by women of South Asian origin, the symposium addresses questions around re-examining the artist’s role in the studio and the art world, and the impact of this work on society and art.  How do artists center themselves in the making of art while challenging boundaries of visual art to open up space for critique and resistance? Are such alternative practices narrowing inequities in the art world and/or deepening them?

We seek submissions for (1) papers; (2) artist presentations; (3) workshop proposals; (4) participatory performances; and (5) social sculpture from woman-identified or non-binary practitioners, artists, academics and curators of South Asian origin (i.e., tracing their heritage to South Asia or South Asian diaspora communities around the world).  We use the UN definition of South Asia, comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka.

Presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes.  Workshops or performances should be no longer than 1 hour.  Modest honoraria will be provided.

Please send your submission and CV to by midnight on September 23, 2016. We will notify you by mid-October.


open call with pictures
Image Credit: Sarah Burney
This program is supported by the New York State Council of the Arts and the Asian | Pacific | American Institute at NYU.

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