Swati Khurana was invited by South Asian Women’s Creative Collective
(SAWCC) and Story Corps, to be in conversation with SAWCC founder
Jaishri Abichandani. We spoke about the earliest days of SAWCC, which
was founded in 1997, along with our own art-making and organizing
journeys. The interview will be archived at the Library of Congress.
Swati Khurana was commissioned by the Schomburg Institution to make a work that responds to Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. That embroidery is on view at the:
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
Exhibition open September 20, 2014 -January 3, 2015
“i found god in myself” is a multimedia and multigallery exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Since its debut performance in 1974 just outside Berkeley, California, at a bar named the Bacchanal, Shange’s work has captivated, provoked, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the world. “i found god in myself” is curated and organized by, Souleo of Souleo Enterprises, LLC.
Artists: Michael Paul Britto, Melissa Calderón, Pamela Council, Renee Cox, Uday K. Dhar, Beata Drozd, Laura R. Gadson, Kathleen Granados, Swati Khurana, Kimberly Mayhorn, Chompunutt Mayta, Beau McCall Io Palmer, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Amber Robles-Gordon, Arlene Rush, Rafia Santana, Dianne Smith, Alexandria Smith, SOL’SAX, Margaret Rose Vendryes
for information: http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/i-found-god-myself
Swati Khurana will be at the Kriti Festival of South Asian and
Diaspora Arts and Literature at University of Illinois, Chicago, from
September 25 – 28, 2014.
On Friday September 26, she will be giving a reading, and
participating on panesl about MFA / Ph.D. Programs in Writing and
Writing and Interdisciplinary Artistic Practice. Throughout the
festival, she will be doing her “Texting Scrolls” project where she
transcribes strangers’ text messages onto scrolls.
For festival information and schedule: http://desilit.org/kriti/
At three different interludes, one will eavesdrop on a mixture of messages that Swati Khurana has received and transcribed from five years of dating, along with those she has collected from her ongoing Texting Scrolls project—where strangers and friends, including SAWCC members, have shared their intimate text messages.
Lust, With Some Caution!
An Evening of Erotic Readings
Wednesday, July 30, 7pm
@ Sunita Bar
106 Norfolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets)
New York, NY 10002
Join SAWCC at the Sunita Bar for a euphoric evening of readings by Shahana Hanif, Swati Khurana, Sunita Mukhi, Suniya Qureshi, Nitika Raj, Krupa Shandilya, Radhika Singh, Suleika Snyder, Anisha Sridhar, and Hamna Zubair. This program is funded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund.
Swati Khurana was awarded a fellowship from Kundiman, an literary arts organization dedicated to giving writers opportunities to inscribe the Asian American story onto American experience, transforming and enriching the landscape of our national culture.
Swati Khurana had an essay about motherhood, her own grapes of wrath, and the baby-industrial complex, published in the journal “The Weeklings”
Frida Kahlo, My Nurse and I, 1937 – about which she said: “I am in my nurse’s arms, with the face of a grownup woman and the body of a little girl, while milk falls from her nipples as if from the heavens.”
Friday June 13, 2014 6:30-8:30 PM
The Center for Book Arts
28 W 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10001
A talk and reception with the 2013 Workspace Artists-in-Residence:
Cecile Chong, Dahlia Elsayed, Swati Khurana, Kameelah Janan Rasheed,
and Jenifer Wightman
From the Center for Book Arts blog:
While is in residence, she made letterpress posters that were used by
in a collaborative “Freedom, Safety, Now” protest against violence
against women, outside of the Indian consulate. As part of her ongoing
“Texting Scrolls” project, she collects strangers’ private text
messages, which are transcribed onto paper and tied into scrolls.
Messages from this project are posted throughout the space in the form
of vinyl wall text. Also on view are book covers made by drawing on
fabric and creating embroidered images of private, domestic spaces in
collaboration with her grandmother, as well as an accordian book made
of handmade Japanese paper with electrostatic prints of drawings on
Swati Khurana will be exhibiting two new drawings at the “The Time Has
Come” exhibition–BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own)’s fourth artist
biennial featuring works by Bronx artists who are 2012 and 2013 BCA
BRIO winners in visual and media arts.
Wednesday, June 4th at 5:00pm-8:00 PM
Longwood Art Gallery
Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street, Bronx NY
Artists include Manuel Acevedo, Jeanine Alfieri, Michael Paul Britto,
Mark Cabaroy, Firan Chisolm, Onyedika Chuke, Patricia Delahanty,
Dennis Delgado, Donna Diamond, Sharyn Finnegan, Sean Paul Gallegos,
Swati Khurana, Ruth Marshall, Adel L. Morales, Laura Napier, Elle
Pérez, Amy Pryor, Stephanie Rodríguez, Hrvoje Slovenc, Jennifer
Tomaiolo, and Randal Wilcox. The exhibition was curated by Juanita
Lanzo, Director of Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. Since 1989 Bronx
Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) has provided direct support to individual
Bronx artists in the disciplines of literary, media, visual, and
performing arts. Each year 25 BRIO grants of $3,000 are awarded to
Bronx artists. More than $875,000 has been awarded to 310 artists
since BRIO’s inception, having grown from ten annual awards of $1500
to its current award status.
Swati Khurana was profiled by Misha McGlown in OfNote Magazine.
by MISHA McGLOWN | THE IMMIGRANT ISSUE | SPRING, 2014
A bit from the article: “The bird cages appear almost pantheonic. One can only imagine if they are meant to protect memories, prevent them from flying away, or if they represent a sense of captivity in which one is held to enduring customs. This is where Swati’s work, at once, celebrates, questions and examines those rituals and traditions carried over from former lives and binding immigrant communities.”
Swati Khurana will be exhibiting selected projects made during her residency at Center for Book Arts. Other Artists-in-Residence— Cecile Chong, Dahlia Elsayed, Kameelah Rasheed, and Jeni Wightman — will also be showing their work, as part of the Spring Exhibition.