The Community as Studio: A Symposium on Visual Art


The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) is pleased to present The Community as Studio, a symposium on visual art, co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

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

Please join us on November 19 for a day of discussion, workshops, participatory performances, and artist presentations.  Our keynote speaker is Prerana Reddy of the Queens Museum.

  Venue: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU                                       Location: 8 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003                                         Date: November 19th, 11am – 6pm                                                                           Open to the public.  Space is limited. Please register ASAP. 

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 (woman-identified or non-binary) 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.


10:30 am | Registration (please be on time)

11:15 am | Opening remarks

11:30 am | Keynote Speaker: Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement, Queens Museum

11:50 – 1:00 pm | Panel discussion: “Beyond the Studio”

Featured panelists:  Yasmin Jahan Nupur, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Priyanka Dasgupta, and Lakshmi Padmanabhan

Moderator: Purvi Shah

 1:00 – 1:30 pm | Lunch break

 1:30 – 2:10 pm | Learn to Swim Lessons Session 1***,  a participatory performance by Sa’dia Rehman

 2:10 – 3:10 pm | Artist presentation on “Indian Women Farmers Series” by Sarah Khan, followed by conversation with Jasmine Wahi, Co-director, The Gateway Project; Co-founder and Director, Project for Empty Space

3:10 – 4:10 pm | “Finding and Drawing your Personal Story: An Experiential Workshop” by Benaifer Bhadha & Shubha Bala

4:15 – 5:15 pm | “Dance In The Round” workshop by Parijat Desai

5:15 – 6:00 pm | Closing remarks, cocktails, and conversation

For more information on the presenters, please visit

 Open to the public.  Space is limited. Please register ASAP. The event will be photographed, recorded, and livestreamed.

***Note to Symposium participants: As an attendant of the SAWCC Symposium, you are automatically registered for Learn to Swim Lessons Session 1. The artist strives to provide quality instruction in a safe and fun environment. To allow for a fully aquatic experience, the artist is requesting that you send ugly, personal, impersonal, favorable, strange images that evoke the word /SWIM/  

to the following address: by Thursday, November 17th