Image courtesy of Labkhand Olfatmanesh and Gazelle Samizay.
Photo by Lisa Wade
Rashida Abuwala & Maya Mackrandilal
Anjali Deshmukh & Purvi Shah
Renluka Maharaj & Seema Shakti
Shreya Mehta & Barkha Patel
Labkhand Olfatmanesh & Gazelle Samizay
Ramya Ravisankar & Marcy Chevali
Sania Samad & Sadia Pasha Kamran
Grace Aneiza Ali
Encounters will be on view online and by appointment at at JCAL's Miller Gallery & Community Gallery (161-04 Jamaica Ave). Gallery hours are M-F 10am-6pm & select Saturdays 12-3pm. See jcal.org/visit-the-gallery for more information.
Stay tuned for exciting workshops and events!
South Asian Womxn's Creative Collective
April 1–May 15, 2021
In a year defined by great turmoil and deep sorrow, when all forms of symbolic and actual distance, division, and isolation overwhelmed our daily lives and our world, how did we make space for meaningful creativity, connection, and collaboration?
Encounters features fourteen women from the South Asian Diaspora who came together across geographical, cultural, political, and religious boundaries. Working as ‘artist pairs’ and grounded in an ethos of friendship, creative partnership, and community-building, their artworks illuminate shared bonds and histories, reveal personal and political narratives that may have been otherwise unknown or invisible, signal an economy of care, and envision a equitable future in which women thrive.
The South Asian Womxn’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the advancement, visibility, and development of emerging and established South Asian womxn artists and creative professionals by providing a physical and virtual space to profile their creative and intellectual work across disciplines. Our programs present the creative work of South Asian womxn in various disciplines, including visual art, literature, film/media, and performance. SAWCC aims to connect artists, educators, community workers, and professionals of South Asian descent and encourage the growth of our creative community.
Encounters is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New York City Council. The exhibition is additionally part of JCAL's two-year pilot project, Building Equity for BIIPOC (Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, People of Color) Artists, funded by New York Community Trust.