Story Corps Interview

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.

Commissioned Embroidery for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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

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Kriti Festival of South Asian and Diaspora Arts and Literature

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.

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Lust, With Some Caution! An Evening of Erotic Readings

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.

Kundiman Fellowship

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 published in The Weeklings journal

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.”

Artist Talk at The Center for Book Arts

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 vellum.

“The Time Has Come” — Fourth BRIO Biennial

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

Opening Reception

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 in OfNote Magazine

Swati Khurana was profiled by Misha McGlown in OfNote Magazine.

Swati Khurana on Rituals, Resistance, and Assimilation


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.”