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SAWCC Exhibition: welcome to what we took from is the state

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The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) is pleased to present its annual visual arts exhibition, "welcome to what we took from is the state," at the Queens Museum from March 12 to April 2, 2016.

Opening reception: March 12, 2016, 4–6 pm
Closing event: April 2, 2016, 2–4pm

Guest Curator: Sadia Shirazi

2016 SAWCC Visual Arts Committee:
Ambika Trasi, Shama Rahman, Monica Jahan Bose, Shelly Bahl

Participating Artists:
Anushya Badrinath, Chitra Ganesh, Mariam Ghani, Sue Jeong Ka, Ayesha Kamal Khan, Raja’a Khalid, Ayqa Khan, Fariha Róisín, Nafisa Kaptownwala, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Umber Majeed, Huma Mulji, and Ayesha Sultana

The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) formed in the late 1990’s, before 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the ongoing US-led “Global War on Terror.” Between the organization’s founding and the present moment, the ground of its community has shifted amid the geopolitics of endless war and the carceral politics of the state.

Operating in parallel to these wars waged by the state against those it deems terrorists, anti-nationals, and non-citizens, are the social, domestic, and commercial spaces—resistant “black sites”—that are the subjects of many of the artworks brought together in this exhibition. These other spaces are the resources referred to in the exhibition’s title—sites of nourishment, care, filial relation, and resistance. Through works that take many forms, including installation, photomontage, video, performance, and social sculpture, the artists in this exhibition ask how we might recalibrate our feelings in relation to one another under the pressure of forces that seek to weaken, diminish, and destroy the social bonds and debts that hold us together. 

Taking its title from a passage in "The Feel Trio" by Fred Moten, "welcome to what we took from is the state" is interested in refusal more than representation, and gives a nod to all those hiding in plain sight, just out of view of the state.