Fatal Love:
Where Are We Now?

This forum will be an excellent opportunity to talk about our projects and research, but more importantly a space to propose new discursive and exhibitionary frames/practices that respond to the specific needs and experiences of our community of artists/scholars.

—Santhi Kavuri Bauer

A three- day convening of established and mid career South Asian American artists, academics and curators. Fatal Love: Where Are We Now? examines contemporary art production by artists, academics and curators in the South Asian American diaspora. Although we have had a strong presence in the New York art world for the last two decades, we have yet to engage in a nationwide dialogue. A lack of institutional support and scarcity of full time contemporary art South Asian curators employed in any local museums have prevented generations of artists from forming networks that go beyond the local to a national scale.

In 2005 the Queens Museum hosted Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now – a groundbreaking exhibition that made visible the artistic community that had grown in NYC since the inception of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective in 1997. Fatal Love responded to the times, as post 9/11 there were major shifts in the perception and policing of our community; artworks specifically addressed these issues. Since 2005, there have been shifts in the art world with the closing down of spaces such as Bose Pacia gallery that previously served as a nexus – but more importantly within the community. There is a much larger and diverse pool of artists now coming of age and functioning within the art world, along with newer migrants.

With the presence of social media there has been a re- birth of artistic community and conversations that mimics what happened in the 90’s. This convening supported by the Smithsonian APAC allows us to bring an unprecedented national focus to a much -needed face to face dialogue amongst various generations of practitioners and theorists who have been working as peers often on an international level, but with no organised national platform.

Panels in the symposium are not just organized by discipline – they are also designed to further the dialogue that is inherent in the work of the artists, allowing for a deeper discussion based upon similar formal concerns. Other panels delve into larger issues confronting the community since the election, including the rise of hate crimes against South Asians in the recent past.

The convening begins on June 30 at Asia Society and continues on to the Queens Museum on July 1 and July 2, please see program below. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please register for each of the day(s) you would like to attend.


Day 1: Friday, June 30, 2017 – Asia Society / Register here

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

4–6 pm: Exhibition Walk through at Asia Society for attendees, in particular academics and curators invited to write about Lucid Dreams, Distant Visions

6:30–6:45 pm: Introductions to involved institutions and agenda of the weekend with Lisa Sisaki, Boon Hui Tan, Lawrence-Minh Bui Davis, Prerana Reddy, and Jaishri Abichandani

6:45–7:45 pm: Double Duty: Agency and Cultural Production
Examining strategies to address the invisibility of South Asian artists through cultural production with Swati Khurana, Jaret Vadera, Asha Ganpat, Allan DeSouza, and Naeem Mohaiemen
Moderator: Anuradha Vikram

6-9 pm: Public Reception


Day 2: Saturday, July 1, 2017 — Queens Museum / Register here

Queens Museum
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

10–11 am: Creating Visual Patios: Extending regional forms to conceptual ones with Simeen Farhat, Mahwish Chishty, Shahzia Sikander, Khalil Chishtee
Moderator: Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel

11:15 am–12:15 pm: Curators Panel with Anuradha Vikram, Jasmine Wahi, Leeza Ahmady, Jaishri Abichandani, Namita Gupta Wiggers, Megha Ralapati
Moderator: Sheetal Prajapati

12:30–1:30 pm: Concerning Sculpture with Rina Banerjee, Avantika Bawa, Romy Scheroder, Ruby Chishti, Palden Weinreb
Moderator: Dr. Sunanda Sanyal

Lunch 1:30–2:30 pm: (Served on site) Performance by Baseera Khan

2:45–3:45 pm: Photography Document and Archive with Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Neil Chowdhury, Gautam Nikolai Kansara, Asma Kazmi, Leena Jayaswal
Moderator: Santhi Kavuri Bauer

4–5 pm: Installation 2 Public and Academic Address with Sreshta Rit Premnath, Mariam Ghani, Chitra Ganesh, Hasan Elahi, Brendan Fernandes, Vandana Jain
Moderator: Aruna D’Souza

5-5:15: Coffee Break

5:15–6:15 pm Academics Panel with Dr. Rakhee Balaram, Santhi Kavuri Bauer, Dr. Sunanda K Sanyal, Dr. Vanita Reddy. Bakirathi Mani, Dr. Asma Naeem
Moderator: Dr. Rashmi Vishwanathan


Day 3: Sunday, July 2, 2017 — Queens Museum / Register here

New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

10–11 am Projects in the Public Sphere with Kanishka Raja, Shagun Singh, Shahzia Sikander, Chitra Ganesh, Diya Vij, Tom Finkelpearl
Moderator: Prerana Reddy

11:15 am–12:15 pm Painting Panel: Metaphor and Allusion – Formal Inquiries with Shahzia Sikander, Kanishka Raja, Sandeep Mukherjee, Mequitta Ahuja, Tara Sabharwal
Moderator: Aruna D’Souza

12:30–1:30 pm Photography: Conceptual Horizons: Yamini Nayar, Allan DeSouza, Fariba Salma Alam, Pradeep Dalal, Priyanka Dasgupta, Hasan Elahi
Moderator: Bakirathi Mani

Lunch: 1:30–2:30 pm

2:30–3:30pm Graphic Artists Panel with Pardon My Hindi, Meera Sethi, Ayqa Khan, Mojuicy, Atif Toor
Moderator: Dr. Ronak Kapadia

3:45–4.45 pm: The (Faith)ful Triangle with Naeem Mohaiemen, Baseera Khan, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Vivek Bald

5-6 pm Queer Theorists Panel with Dr. Alpesh Patel, Natasha Bissonauth, Dr. Ronak Kapadia, Allan DeSouza
Moderator: Kareem Khubchandani

6-6:30 pm Performances by Lahore Vagistan and Faluda Islam (Islam’s performance presented by 12 Gates Gallery)

6:30–7 pm: Open Forum for feedback and strategy.

For further information please contact Jaishri Abichandani at Jaishri.abichandani@gmail.com

Image: Allan deSouza, Rumpty-Tumpty #6, 1997-2017, 20″ x 30″, digital print from film. Courtesy the artist and Talwar Gallery, NY and New Delhi

 

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