SAWCC’s Ninth Annual Visual Arts Show
November 30 – December 9, 2006
Opening Reception: November 30, 2006, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Mon-Fri: 5pm-8pm, Sat-Sun: noon-5pm
@ Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (in the Financial District between Broadway and Broad)
New York, NY 10014
We live in increasingly violent times. Heralded by globalization, suchÂ aggression inextricably marks the urban landscape. Altered states ofÂ cartographic realities overlap onto a specifically conservative agenda,Â expressing itself onto women’s lives, bodies, and experiences. TheseÂ landscapes also house, as a result of the recent wars, a resurgence ofÂ religious fundamentalism, and mass movements of individuals through exileÂ and migration, which has led to a new kind of politics of violence.
The nine artists in the exhibition, Meherunnisa Asad, Vandana Sood, CarolÂ Pereira, Kiran Chandra, Bindu Mehra, Maryum Saifee, Seher Shah, Mona Kamal, andÂ Salma Arastu, negotiate spaces of conflict, violence, issues of identity,Â commodification, claustrophobia, and the politics of the body within theirÂ work. Using several mediums including photography, video, installations andÂ animation, these women continue to resist and reshape the world on their ownÂ terms within their individual idioms while still maintaining the fragilityÂ of their bodies juxtaposed to the beautifully harsh urban realities.
This exhibition alludes to Walter Benjamin’s concept of “State ofÂ Emergency,” which can be interpreted in two ways: through the eyes ofÂ the oppressor who uses this position as a way to maintain his oppression, orÂ what Benjamin considers as the “real state of emergency,” a struggle by theÂ oppressed to resist the oppressor. By evoking the latter, the exhibitionÂ “State of Emergency” explores the manner in which South Asian women navigateÂ their lives through the urban spaces and difficult social terrains.
Curated by: Derrick Adams, Arshiya Lokhandwala & Uzma Rizvi
Generously Supported by: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Co-Curated and Produced By Shanti Grandhi, Samanta Batra Mehta & YaminiÂ Nayar (SAWCC’s Visual Arts Committee 2006)