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
Swati presents ‘Texting Scrolls, Scrolling Texts’ at the Bronx Museum of Arts annual holiday party and Coquito Masters Finals!
Come one come all to a tasty and festive event!
This Friday, December 14, 2012
1040 Grand Concourse at 156th Street
Event from 6-8 PM. “Texting Scrolls” from 7-8 PM.
FREE and Open to the Public
At the event, BRIO 2012 Awardee Swati Khurana presents “Scrolling Texts,” a participatory project in which attendees can have their saved text messages transcribed onto scrolls, tied with thread. Her project will be presented as part of Bronx Council of the Arts’ Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) Program.
Fresh from the Salaam Bombay exhibition, curated by Jasmine Wahi, at Art Basel Miami Beach at the Art Asia fair. Each/One, a digital exhibition is offering 11″x14″, printed works on heavyweight, 111 lb (220 g) silk paper, digitally signed and dated by the artist and printed with its own unique number, comes with a certificate of authenticity, and is only $20 until January 2nd. Prints also by: Anjali Bhargava, Marcy Chevali, and many other artists.
Lotus Market for Each/One
SAWCC’s Transmedia Literary Festival kicked off on Friday November 29th with ‘Mix Tape: Reading’ where seven SAWCC members including Swati read music inspired pieces. The event and Swati’s Scrolling Texts project was mentioned in A.C Lee’s Weekend Miser column in the New York Times.
Art Asia Miami: Salaam Bombay Beauty and Chaos in the Urban EnvironmentCurated by Jasmine Wahi
December 5-9th, 2012
ART ASIA Pavilion, 110 N.E. 36St. at Midtown Blvd. Miami, FL 33138
Featuring work by: Hamra Abbas, Samira Abbassy, Jaishri Abichandani, Amina Ahmed, Shelly Bahl, Anjali Bhargava, Shweta Bhattad, Pratima Björkdahl, Marcy Chevali, Ruby Chishti, Chitra Ganesh, Tanya Goel, Sadia Jamal, Ayesha Kamal, Swati Khurana, Leila Lal, Tayeba Lipi, Divya Mehra, Huma Mulji, Sadia Rehman, Hiba Shabbazz, Soody Sharif, Meenakshi Thirukode
Wahi describes the show as “a homage to the idea of the urban environment and all of the elements big and small that make cityspaces so unique. It explores different elements of urban life from social dichotomy to the complexly graceful topography of the cosmopolitan landscape. Salaam Bombay will also be presented in Each/One a new way for anyone that loves art to be a collector. At an affordable price you can collect original, numbered and signed time-limited edition artwork by contemporary artists. Please visit eachone.com for details about this work, and about other exhibitions and available artists’ prints.Starting Dec 4th – Dec 25th 2012, you can buy Swati Khurana’s “Lotus Market” (2012) a 11″ x 14″ archivally printed on silk rag paper. It will be shipped flat. The fee is $20 for a print, and the artist will donate the profits directly to Hurricane Sandy relief. This print will only be available for this time period. Save the date: Tuesday, December 4th – virtual opening.