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Promises to Keep
Public Program - NYC
Performing an Identity: A Discussion with Rabbya Naseer and Saadia Toor

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Asia Art Archive in America
43 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Artist and curator Rabbya Naseer and scholar Saadia Toor discuss how memory, history, gender, and socio-political/cultural constructs cross paths within the work of many female performance artists from Pakistan. At Asia Art Archive in America.

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Artist and curator Rabbya Naseer and scholar Saadia Toor discuss how memory, history, gender, and socio-political/cultural constructs cross paths within the work of many female performance artists from Pakistan. Naseer will present on the close relationship between self-portraiture and performance in the construction and (re)presentation of "identity" in her exhibition at apexart, Promises to Keep, featuring twelve female Pakistani artists (on view June 8-July 29, 2017). Building on Dr. Toor's research into culture, nationalism, and gender/sexuality, the two will explore the political and personal act of performing identity during everyday life. Naseer will also introduce her developing archive on performance art practice from Pakistan across genders and mediums.

This program is co-organized by apexart and Asia Art Archive in America in conjunction with the exhibition Promises to Keep at apexart.





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.

Dr. Saadia Toor’s scholarship revolves around issues of culture, nationalism, gender/sexuality, state formation, and international political economy. Her book, The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan was published by Pluto Press in 2011. A special issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly on the theme of Solidarity co-edited by Dr Toor was published in November 2014.

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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