Tuesday, April 26th, 7-9 pm

@ Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St, 6th floor
New York, NY

SAWCC is continuing its signature salon gatherings for the informal sharing of creative projects. These meetings are a space for nurturing our works-in-progress. This is our space to get up close and personal with fellow creatives and share our multi-disciplinary artistic visions and processes. The salon is open only to South Asian women/femmes/gender nonconforming individuals. If you are interested in presenting at a future salon event, please contact us via:

Our presenting artists are: Nadya Ali and Wardah Naeem Bukhari

Nadya Ali is a 25-year-old documentary filmmaker. She graduated from Barnard College with a BA in environmental biology and human rights.  She has experience as a production and research associate for feature documentary films, as well as experience in human rights and environmentally-focused organizations. Her passion is exposing truths relating to social, conservation, and environmental issues.

Nadya is the director and producer of Breaking Silence. She was inspired to make Breaking Silence after knowing for several years about family members and friends who were sexually assaulted in their childhood. She hopes this film will help inspire them, along with millions of others, to break their silence.

Wardah Naeem Bukhari is a visual artist and independent curator from Pakistan. She obtained a Bachelors of Graphic Design from Multan College of Arts, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan (2010) then moved to Lahore and completed her Master’s Degree in Visual Arts from National College of Arts, Lahore (2012). Ms. Bukhari taught for one year in Multan College of Arts, Bahauddin Zakariya University 2013-14 followed by a position as Visiting Lecturer in 2015 at Bahauddin Zakariya University, Lahore Campus. She curated her first National Studio BQ Artist-in-Residence Program (2015). Two of her biographies were published in the Oxford Companion to Pakistani Art (2014).

Ms. Bukhari recently moved to the United States where she was accepted into the prestigious MFA program in Drawing & Painting at SUNY New Paltz in New York. She continues her studio practice and participates in gallery shows. Her medium of expression is drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, vide and digital art. Her work has been shown at exhibits in Manchester (U.K.), Istanbul, Lahore, Karachi, and Multan.

Moderated by Shama Rahman

Shama Rahman is passionate about widening access to cultural institutions for all audiences and currently works as a Senior Marketing Coordinator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. A Queens native interested in pursuing her own creative expression and encouraging others to do the same, she has written for Flaunt Magazine and was a City Parks Curator at ArtPrize 2014. Shama has gained experience at the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and graduated from Smith College, where she studied Economics, Art History, and Museum Studies.

She is a former member of the SAWCC Board and co-chaired our 2016 visual art show at the Queens Museum.

Image Credit: Going Beyond Drawing, Wardah Naeem Bukhari