Archival Alchemy: South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC)

Opening Reception | April 6 | 6 – 8 PM
Curator Led Tour | April 27 | 6:30 – 8 PM 

The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) is pleased to present its 20th anniversary visual arts exhibition, Archival Alchemy, guest curated by Saisha Grayson. The exhibition takes over all three gallery spaces at Abrons Arts Center, and features thirteen artists and collectives from throughout the diaspora, working across artistic media to investigate the resonances found in an archival past on the contingencies of the present. This exhibition is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Archival Resistance | May 7 | 3 – 7 PM | Free 

Using Archival Alchemy as platform to creatively respond to the rapidly shifting political landscape, this afternoon of programming brings together artists, activist and community leaders for brainstorming sessions, skill-sharing and workshops for those seeking increased visibility or strategic invisibility within the bureaucratic and digital archives of our day.  Pop-up performances and engaged art-making for all ages will be ongoing in the galleries. 

Golnar Adili; Marium Agha; Blank Noise (Jasmeen Patheja & anonymous Action Heroes); Priyanka Dasgupta; Sabba Elahi; Index of the Disappeared (Chitra Ganesh & Mariam Ghani); Amy Khoshbin; Maya Mackrandilal; Zinnia Naqvi; Yamini Nayar; Nirmal Raja; Patience Rustomji; Himali Singh Soin

Saisha Grayson is a curator, writer, art historian and teacher focused on the intersections of contemporary art, feminist politics, and cultural activism. From 2011 to 2016, she was Assistant Curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she organized the Museum’s presentation of Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, curated Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time, and co-curated Agitprop!. Most recently, she co-organized I want a president…(a collective reading – DC), a socially-engaged public art project that culminated in an action at The White House during the 2016 Creative Time Summit in DC. Grayson is also a Ph.D candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY where she is finishing her dissertation, Cellist, Catalyst, Collaborator: The Work of Charlotte Moorman. Her writing has appeared in print and online journals, including n.paradoxa, Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ), and e-flux. 

Founded in 1997, the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the advancement, visibility, and development of emerging and established South Asian women artists and creative professionals. SAWCC has served South Asian women by providing a physical and virtual space to exchange ideas and feedback, and profile their creative and intellectual work across disciplines. Through its various programs, the group has earned a reputation for showcasing cutting-edge work that deals intelligently with issues of gender and cultural representation.

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