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Tea Party

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 2:00 pm
291 Church Street, NYC

Rabbya Naseer hosts Jaishri Abichandani, Kalia Brooks, Abeer Hoque, Lali Khalid, Madyha Leghari, Karmen Naidoo, and Zoya Siddiqui to discuss issues of identity and its performance through creative practices.


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Tea Party brings together eight colorful female artists, researchers, performers, and curators to chat about issues of identity and its representation. How far the chatter veers from the subject may (or may not) be limited by the very identity of the guests and their location in New York City. The aim of the talk is to step away from the comforts of academia and post-colonial theory, and instead critically examine the paradoxes of contemporary discussions on inclusivity and political correctness in our everyday lives.


Jaishri Abichandani was born in India and immigrated to New York City in 1984. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London and has continued to intertwine art and activism in her career, founding the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective in New York and London. She has served as the Founding Director of Public Events and Projects from 2003-6 at the Queens Museum of Art. Abichandani has exhibited her work internationally and curated many exhibitions showcasing South Asian artists.

Kalia Brooks is a New York based independent curator and writer. Formerly the exhibitions director at Brooklyn’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a PhD Candidate in Aesthetics and Art Theory with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.  She received her MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in 2006, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007/2008.

Abeer Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She published a book of linked stories, poems, and photographs called The Lovers and the Leavers and a monograph of travel photographs and poems called The Long Way Home. Her memoir, Olive Witch, was published in India in 2016 and will be released in the United States in 2017. She is the recipient of a 2014 NYFA grant, a 2012 NEA Literature Fellowship, a 2007 Fulbright Scholarship, and the 2005 Tanenbaum Award, and has received writing fellowships to attend Sacatar, Saltonstall Arts Colony, SLS St. Petersburg, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, and the Albee Foundation. Her writing and photography have been published in Guernica, ZYZZYVA, Outlook Traveller, 580 Split, Drunken Boat, India Today, the Daily Star, the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, and KQED Writers Block, among others.

Lali Khalid grew up in Pakistan. Her work wanders between themes of landscape, abstraction, and documentary photography, but has always centered itself on portraiture. She uses her work as a tool to explore themes of diaspora, identity, and home in her own life and the lives of people she photographs. Lali earned her BFA from The National College of Arts in Lahore, and her MFA with distinction from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her work has been shown in many galleries throughout Pakistan, the US and recently in Italy. She currently lives and works in the United States where she also maintains an active teaching practice.

Madyha J. Leghari is a visual artist and writer from Lahore, Pakistan. She graduated from the National College of Arts and is currently an MFA candidate at Massachusetts College of Art and Design on a Fulbright Scholarship. Her practice often revolves around the silences created by failures of language. She has participated in a number of group shows in Pakistan and the US. She has also been writing on art for various publications and has been teaching in Lahore at the National College of Arts and Beaconhouse National University.

Karmen Naidoo is a young female comic hailing from South Africa. Born into a mixed heritage background (Indian, Scottish, and Zulu), she identifies closely to her Afro-Indian culture. This Durban Native who started her comedy Journey in 2013 is a former model, entrepreneur, and a current mechanical engineer and stand-up comedian who continues to pursue her career in New York City. Karmen co-founded and was the Director of Indie Comedie production company, which aimed to nurture young rising talent for monthly shows at the Joburg Theatre.

Rabbya Naseer is engaged in the making, curating, writing, and teaching of Art. She has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from NCA, Lahore (2006), and is a 2008-2010 recipient of Fulbright scholarship for Masters in Art History, Theory and Criticism from SAIC, Chicago. Naseer’s practice is broadly concerned with exploring the parallels between Art and everyday life and highlighting the similarities (in production, representation, reception, interpretation) between the two. She has participated in exhibitions, residencies, and conferences in Pakistan, India, USA, UK, Dubai, China, Japan, Germany, and Netherlands.

Zoya Siddiqui is a visual artist based in Lahore, working primarily in video, performance, and installation. She has been part of residencies at the Vasl Artists’ Collective Karachi, Theertha Performance Platform in Colombo and In-Situ UK, and is alum of the Triangle Arts Association. She has shown her works regionally on platforms such as the Dhaka Art Summit and Lahore Literary Festival, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Siddiqui was previously involved in the Lahore Biennale Foundation as a researcher and was also Adjunct Faculty for Art History at Beaconhouse National University.

apexart's programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, the Degenstein Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
 
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