Saturday October 19, 4:30-6:30pm, Swati Khurana will participate in Suzanne Lacy’s Brooklyn Museum & Creative Time project “Between the Door and the Street” featuring over 300 activists and artists.
From the curatorial statement: “Between the Door and the Street takes place in Brooklyn, where hundreds of women (and a sprinkling of men) will gather on beautiful brownstone stoops and in entry courtyards of Park Place, in the Prospect Heights neighborhood, for conversations about some of the critical issues confronting women today. The audience will act as a listening voyeur, piecing together the strands of a complicated narrative coming from this intergenerational group, which includes young girls, gay and straight men, activists, heads of feminist journals, preachers, and many others in a vast cross section of contemporary life. While the conversations will be about women, perhaps even feminism (though that term is controversial), some of the topics that will be discussed, like immigration, labor, and poverty, may not typically be viewed as ‘women’s issues.’ They nonetheless have very powerful and specific impacts on women’s lives.”
About the Project
The Full Participant List
Between the Door and the Street
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.>
Join us for drinks in the company of your neighbors to enjoy artist talks and performances. Featuring artist Marthalicia Matarrita and Swati Khurana. Presented by the Bronx Museum Community Advisory Council.
Location: North Wing Lobby
Swati Khurana is a NYC-based visual artist and writer. Her work has been exhibited at and reviewed in the following venues and publications: American Museum of Natural History, Art-in-General, Artists Space, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai), Columbia Review, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (Costa Rica), New York Times, Queens Museum, ScalaMata Gallery (53rd Venice Biennial), TimeOutMumbai, and Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw). She was awarded a BRIO Award from Bronx Council of the Arts in 2012. Her work can be viewed online at www.swatikhurana.com
Marthalicia Matarrita graduated from LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and was a student at SUNY, New Paltz. Her work delicately balances expressions of beauty and decay, savagery and innocence. In 2006, Matarrita formed M-Squared Art Productions with her two brothers. A collective grounded in the four elements of hip-hop, M-Squared integrates art and music into the party landscape of New York City with Marthalicia’s specialty in live painting.
“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.
In an essay for the literary website Bloom, Swati Khurana leads the reader through her letter-writing life, and the work it has produced. Giving personal anecdotal context to many of her recent works, from the 2008 series “10 Years Later” to her current on-going project “Scrolling Texts,” Khurana explores the written word from the letter, the note, the text message, and how we communicate with each other.
Swati Khurana started her yearlong residency at the Center for Book Arts in January. In her Letterpress class, she printed a series of posters with hand-set woodtype for a protest held by SAWCC.
Freedom, Safety, Now!
On Saturday, January 26, 2013, the women of SAWCC (South Asian Women’s Creative Collective) organized a protest action in front of the New York City Indian consulate on Indian Republic Day, as a “response to the horrific violence wrought upon Jyoti Singh Pandey in India, and on women’s bodies everyday around the world.” Eighty people arrived in the below freezing temperatures, greeted by the sounds of the dhol (Punjabi drum), signs and chanting of “Freedom, Safety, Now!”
Please take a look at the following article written by Swati Khurana for The Harlem Times: http://theharlemtimes.com/politics/artists-collective-responds-to-gender-based-violence
images courtesy of Jaishri Abichandani
Curated by Edwin Ramoran
Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts
Friday, February 15th – Sunday, April 7th
Free and open to the public
An intimate survey of contemporary art since the 1990s by artists
primarily of Southeast Asian descent, Me Love You Long Time
incorporates various media and new visual strategies to explore or
upend themes such as gender, sexuality, sex work, cultural tropes and
subjectivity. Showing trophies and photographs from the “Unsuitable
Girls” series, a collaboration between Swati Khurana and Anjali
Bhargava. Th exhibition was originally organized by Aljira, a Center
for Contemporary Art, in Newark, NJ.
Bobby Abate, Reza “Asung” Afisina, Pulang Alakdan, Hima B., Yason Banal, Anjali Bhargava, Isauro Cairo, Lynne Chan, Chath Piersath,
Vanna Chin, Cecile Chong, Young Chung, Jon Cuyson, Matthew de Leon,
Cirilo Domine, Oasa DuVerney, Permi K. Gill, Vicente Golveo, Akintola
Hanif, Skowmon Hastanan, SWATI KHURANA, Andrew H. Kim, Cory Koons,
Naruki Kukita, Viet Le, Chang-Jin Lee, Lim Sokchanlina, Mail Order
Brides/M.O.B., Yeni Mao, Zavé Martohardjono, Tala Oliver Mateo, Rafael
T. Melendez, Gabby Quynh-Anh Miller, Ivan Monforte, Teresa Nasty,
Nguyen Phuong Linh, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Sokuntevy Oeur,
ParadoxVestedRelics, Mariko Passion, Tomiko Pilson, Johanna Poethig,
Stephanie Powell, Clifford Landon Pun, Vanessa T. Ramalho, Rico J.
Reyes, Larilyn Sanchez, SLAAAP! (Sexually Liberated Arts Activist
Asian People!), Nodeth Vang, Nathan Lam Vuong, and Maria Yoon
Friday, February 15th
For more information:
MeLoveYouLongTime at Mills Gallery
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