In collaboration withÂ the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS),Â SAWCC is proud to presentÂ aÂ panel on queer South Asian art. Panelists elaborate on theirÂ practice and various narrative strategies. Whether on the danceÂ floor or gallery walls, practitioners dismantle and re-envisionÂ imagined borders between myth and reality. Conversely, artists alsoÂ turn to personal anecdotes and project beyond their immediateÂ relevance â€“ be it through performance or film.
Panelists: Ashu Rai, Chitra Ganesh, D’Lo and Sonali Gulati
Moderator: Gayatri Gopinath
Ashu Rai is the resident DJ and co-founder of Desilicious, NYC’sÂ only monthly and queer South Asian dance party since March 2002.Â She formed Sholay Productions in 2001 with Atif Toor and RajeshÂ Parwatkar. Originally from Northern California, Ashu has lived inÂ New York since 1997 and wasÂ aÂ member of both SAWCCÂ¹s founding boardÂ and SALGA Steering. Ashu’s visual partner, Neeraj passionatelyÂ contributes to the visual art scene by reinterpreting music andÂ narrative using rich visual inspirations from Bollywood and SouthÂ Asian culture.
Chitra Ganesh’s drawing, installation, and collaborations seek toÂ excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded fromÂ official canons of history, literature, and art. Ganesh earnedÂ aÂ BAÂ in Comparative Literature and Art Semiotics from Brown University,Â and an MFA from Columbia University in 2002. Ganesh’s work has beenÂ exhibited widely at venues in NYC including the Brooklyn Museum, theÂ Queens Museum of Art, the Asia Society, Bronx Museum of Art, ExitÂ Art, White Columns, Momenta Art, and Apex Art. International venuesÂ include the Gawngju Art Museum in Korea, Fondazione Sandretto inÂ Italy, Nature Morte in New Dehli, ZKM in Germany, and the RoyalÂ College of Art in London. Chitra is currently an artist in residenceÂ at Smack Mellon Studios in DUMBO.
Described asÂ aÂ “jolt of creative and comedic energy”, D’Lo isÂ aÂ Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer andÂ music producer. D’Lo also performs and facilitates performanceÂ workshops extensively throughout the US, Canada, UK, Germany, SriÂ Lanka and India. D’Lo holdsÂ aÂ BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and isÂ aÂ graduate of New York’s School of Audio Engineering (SAE). In 2004,Â D’Lo hadÂ aÂ sold-out NYC run of D’s first play Ballin With My BoisÂ aÂ queer hip-hop theater piece. Currently, D’Lo is touring with Ramble-Ations:Â AÂ One D’Lo Show, which received the NPN Creation Fund Grant.
Sonali Gulati is an Assistant Professor at Virginia CommonwealthÂ University’s Department of Photography & Film. She has an MFA inÂ Film & Media Arts from Temple University andÂ aÂ BA in Critical SocialÂ Thought from Mount Holyoke College. Gulati has made several shortÂ films that have screened at over two hundred film festivalsÂ worldwide. She has won awards and grants from foundations such asÂ the Third Wave Foundation and the World Studio Foundation, andÂ recently won the Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts inÂ Film.
Gayatri Gopinath is an Associate Professor of Gender and SexualityÂ Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NewÂ York University. Her work in queer studies, popular culture and theÂ South Asian diaspora has appeared in numerous articles andÂ anthologies, most recently in the Blackwell Companion to LGBTÂ Studies (eds, Molly McGarry and George Haggerty, 2008). She is theÂ author of Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian PublicÂ Cultures (Duke UP, 2005), and was one of the founding members of theÂ South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA).