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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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  • Kanishka Raja and Chitra Ganesh on the Public Art Panel
  • If you can't make it to the Queens Museum today or tomorrow you can catch the livestream in our YouTube channel.
  • If anyone is giving away their ticket for the Sunday panel (in case of not attending) please let me know. Thanks!
  • Draft version 0.1 of the rhizome of South Asian diaspora networks in America, with emphasis on the early years of 1996-2006. This was presented last night at the "Double Duty" panel at Asia Society. Criteria, to keep the data manageable, was: for organizations board member or officer; for exhibitions curator or artist. For some organizations there may not have been a formal board or membership (e.g., SASI) and then it gets complicated. All from oral memory as we haven't found any documentation in most cases. But this is after one day of brainstorming so it is only 20% complete IMO. The intention is for this to be a publicly accessible chart we can keep adding and building. This came out of an initial brainstorming on Friday with members of SAWCC and Queens Museum, but people were remembering names from memory and under time pressure before event. For example, there is no online list of SAWCC board members historically since beginning. It is United States focused right now, but can be expanded to Canada if people can provide names/organizations. Please post in comments section names/ organizations/ exhibitions to add and we will add these over the weekend. In my remarks on stage, I said that SAWCC is still going, but many other organizations have become defunct. I would also like to add years of activity for each organization (if the organization has a clear end date).
  • Folks three things to note - 1. You can still attend the opening on Friday night and experience the art - the panel is on another floor. Being sold out of the panel should not affect your attendance! Please come - it's free from 6-9 pm at the Asia Society 2. Saturday and Sunday are still open for registration at the Queens Museum 3. Prerana Reddy is working on live streaming the panels so you can remotely view the panels! See you this weekend!
  • Mario Patiño this is the event. Come! **** Fetouh you too!
  • Folks, we just doubled the capacity for Friday evening talks since we are sold out on the smaller space! Feel free to RSVP / get tickets again, you should be able to get them this time around.
  • excellent set of panels and event - wish I could be there - congrats!
  • Hi All, since space is limited, we are asking folks to register for each day they would like to attend through eventbrite here:
  • WONDERFUL, Jaishri Abichandani
  • Dear Jaishri-What a wonderful panel of programs! And, with all my favorites too (including you). Sadly, I'll have to be in Philly preparing for an overseas trip just following that weekend and will not be able to make it up to NYC. Break a leg! Mir
  • Dear community - I know many are excited about this event - please do help promote it by sharing it on your timelines! Thanks!
  • Got funding from Fresno State University - I'm going! Anyone else representing the Left Coast? And maybe more importantly, does anyone in NYC/Queens have a place I could crash for a few days after the conference? I'm a polite house guest :)