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Fatal Love: Where are We Now? | Queens Museum | Friday, 30. June 2017

Fatal Love : Where Are We Now? June 30th, July 1st and 2nd 2017 Asia Society and Queens Museum


A three- day convening of established and mid career South Asian American artists, academics and curators in conjunction with LUCID DREAMS DISTANT VISIONS South Asian Art in the Diaspora on view at the Asia Society from June 27th to Augy 6th 2017

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 **** to **** 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.

Day 1 (Friday) June 30th 2017 Asia Society

4-6.00 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 weekend Lisa Sasaki, Boon Hui Tan, Lawrence – Minh Bui Davis, Prerana Reddy, 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.
Swati Khurana, Jaret Vadera, Asha Ganpat, Allan DeSouza, Naeem Mohaiemen Moderator: Anuradha Vikram

Galleries open from 11-9 pm

Party for attendees at Aicon Gallery from 9.15 pm onwards.

Public Reception 6-9 pm.

Day 2 (Saturday) July 1st 2017 Queens Museum

10 – 11.00 am Creating Visual Patois: Extending regional forms to conceptual ones. Simeen Farhat, Mahwish Chishty, Shahzia Sikander, Khalil Chishtee
Moderator: Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel

11.15– 12.15 Curators Panel: Anuradha Vikram, Jasmine Wahi, Leeza Ahmady, Jaishri Abichandani, Namita Gupta Wiggers
Moderator: Sheetal Prajapati

12.30- 1.30 p.m Concerning Sculpture
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
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Neil Chowdhury, Gautam Nikolai Kansara, Asma Kazmi, Leena Jayaswal
Moderator: Santhi Kavuri Bauer

4.00 – 5 pm. Installation 2 Public and Academic Address:
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: Dr. Rakhee Balaram, Santhi Kavuri Bauer, Dr. Sunanda K Sanyal, Vanita Reddy Dr. Asma Naeem
Moderator: Dr. Rashmi Vishwanathan

Day 3 (Sunday) July 2nd 2017 Queens Museum
10.00 – 11.00 am Projects in the Public Sphere
Kanishka Raja, Shagun Singh, Shahzia Sikander, Chitra Ganesh, Diya Vij, Tom Finkelpearl
Moderator: Prerana Reddy

11.15 - 12.15 Painting Panel: Metaphor and Allusion – Formal Inquiries. Panelists: 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 –3.30 Graphic Artists Panel:
Pardon My Hindi, Meera Sethi, Ayqa Khan, Mojuicy, Atif Toor Moderator: Dr. Ronak Kapadia

3.45 –4.45 pm The (Faith)ful Triangle: Naeem Mohaiemen, Baseera Khan, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Vivek Bald,

5.00- 6.00 pm ***** Theorists Panel: Dr. Alpesh Patel, Natasha Bissonauth, Dr. Ronak Kapadia, Allan DeSouza
Moderator: Kareem Khubchandani

6-6.30 Performances by Kareem Khubchandani and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Zulfikar's performance sponsored by 12 Gates Gallery)

6.00 - 7.00 pm Open Forum for feedback and strategy.

LUCID DREAMS DISTANT VISIONS includes the works of
Jaishri Abichandani, Anila Quayyum Agha Mequitta Ahuja Rina Banerjee Khalil Chishtee Ruby Chishti Allan deSouza Chitra Ganesh Mariam Ghani Vandana Jain Gautam Kansara Annu Palakunnathu Matthew Naeem Mohaiemen Kanishka RajaTenzing Rigdol Shahzia Sikander Jaret Vadera Palden Weinreb Zarina
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