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/
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 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.
Three portraits from “Unsuitable Girls” –a collaboration between Swati Khurana and Anjali Bhargava will be shown in a groundbreaking exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Curated by Masum Momaya, the exhibition will explore the heritage, daily experience and numerous contributions that Indian immigrants and Indian Americans have made to shaping the United States. Included in the exhibition will be historical and contemporary images and several dozen artifacts, including those documenting histories of discrimination and resistance, those conveying daily experiences and those symbolizing achievements across the professions. Music and visual art works providing commentary on the Indian American experience will also form a critical component of the exhibition.
The exhibition will be up through March 2015.
Come to get a text message immortalized by Swati Khurana at DUMBO Arts Festival, as SAWCC presents “Sublime” featuring projects by Monica Jahan Bose, Ruby Chishti, Anjali Deshmukh, Sunita S. Mukhi, Roshani Thakore and Project For Empty Space.
“On Saturday, September 28th from 12-6pm Swati will present her Scrolling Texts project. With a red cigarette girl style tray, she will walk around and elevate passersby’s SMS messages from the banal to the sublime. By transcribing the text onto vellum and tying the scroll with a sacred red thread, an ephemeral message is transformed into a precious object.”
Directions and hours are availabe at the Dumbo Arts Festival website. Please go to SAWCC for more information on the exhibition and the mission of SAWCC.
Unsuitable Girls, Swati Khurana’s collaborative project with photographer Anjali Bhargava has continued with a new portrait featuring Jasmine Wahi as “Least Orthodox Goddess.” The work inspired Jasmine Wahi curate a group show with that title “Least Orthodox Goddess” –“ the embodiment of the female superhero–unapologetically strong, unabashedly sexual, and unequivocally outspoken.”
In addition to the portrait, you can see the life-size “Ideal Family sculptures” at Gallery 151 until September 22nd.
For directions and hours please see Gallery 151 website, and be sure to read the Whitewall Magazine Review of the show.
Next Thursday, July 18th, from 6-9pm is the opening of The Least Orthodox Goddess, at Gallery 151 (between 6th and 7th ave). This exhibition was curated by Jasmine Wahi as a response to a body of work with the moniker, by artists Anjali Bhargava and Swati Khurana. It was additionally inspired by interactions that the curator has had working with female survivors of sexual abuse and domestic sex-trafficking.
Work in the exhibition comes from Anjali Bhargava, Peter Gronquist, Julie Heffernan, Swati Khurana, Leila Lal, L’OR, Divya Mehra, Wardell Milan, and Carrie Mae Rose.
The exhibition will be on view at Gallery 151 until August 31st, 2013. For more information on visiting hours and pricing please visit the gallery website.>
“Love Letters and Other Necessary Fictions” part of
Exhibition: ‘Text Embodied: Transformation of Text into an Experience of Art’
Artists: Anila Agha, Amina Ahmed, Saira Ansari, Siona Benjamin,
Khalil Chishtee, Simeen Farhat, Swati Khurana, Amir Parsa
Qasim Riza Shaheen & Imran Nafees Siddqui
Curated by Aisha Z Khan
May 3 – May 31, 2013
Twelve Gates Arts
51 North Second St., Old City
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The contemporary artists in ‘Text Embodied’ embody the written word
into their work. The treatment of text as image goes back to early
Islamic history. In a recent reading from his new book Aisha’s Cushion
at Twelve Gates, Jamal J Elias spoke about the text-image relationship
in the art of the Islamic world: “[Monumental epigraphy] operates
polysemically, at one level functioning as text with its denoted or
connoted meanings, while at others it can be seen as operating
iconically as a visual art form inseparable from other elements of the
decorative or illustrative program of which it forms a part.” The
inclusion of political, social, and even personal concepts utilizing
text have come a long way since the culmination of the contemporary
calligraphic art movement in the 1980s (in Pakistan), for which Rashid
Araeen can be called the pioneer of text-based art. The artists in
‘Text Embodied’ have, in more recent times, brought text back to
personal but interrogatory space.
Salaam Bombay: Beauty & Chaos in the Urban Environment will be re-presented with new works at the Twelve Gates Gallery in Philadelphia. Curated by Jasmine Wahi
February 1-24, 2013
Twelve Gates Arts
51 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel:215 253 8578
The Opening Reception is Friday February 1st, at 6pm
Samira Abbassy, Jaishri Abichandani, Amina Ahmed, Fariba S. Alam, Sama Alshaibi, Shelly Bahl, Anjali Bhargava, Marcy Chevali, Ruby Chishti, Chitra Ganesh, Tanya Goel, Sadia Jamal, SWATI KHURANA, Leila Lal, Taeyba Lipi, Divya Mehra, Huma Mulji, Sa’dia Rehman, Hiba Schahbaz, Soody Sharifi
About the Exhibition:
Throughout the history of global art, the idea of the city—the undulating and varying components of the urban landscape—has served as a primary source of inspiration for artists of all backgrounds. Salaam Bombay: Beauty and Chaos within the Urban Environment is a conglomerated curatorial homage to the city.
for more information:
Salam Bombay at Twelve Gates Gallery