Image excerpt from FORTUNE, an animation by Vandana Jain
Presented by the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC). Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
SAWCC’s 2015 annual visual arts exhibition Ornate Activate, explores the use of decorative motifs, architectural elements, cursive scripts and other forms of pattern-making by artists to create and imply content. Pivoting off the conversation started by this exhibition, we are bringing together a group of artists, practitioners and scholars from various artistic disciplines to talk about pattern-making in a wider context.
Symposium Co-Chairs: Sarah Burney and Josheen Oberoi
Panel 1: Craft and Content
Featured Artists: Fariba Salma Alam, Swati Khurana, and Samanta Bata Mehta
Moderator: Mahnaz Fancy, Executive Director Arte East
Craft and Content addresses the notion and employment of crafts, and culturally specific decorative elements in the making of an art object and their specific function in archiving personal history and/or social and political commentary. The featured artists will each give an overview of their creative practice and process before moderator Mahnaz Fancy leads a discussion with them and facilitates a Q & A with the audience.
Panel 2: Pattern – 2D & Beyond
Featured Artists: Kiran Ahluwalia, Vandana Jain, and Malini Srinivasan
Moderator: Sunita Mukhi
Featuring a dance performance by Malini Srinivasan, music by Kiran Ahluwalia, and a presentation by Vandana Jain, this panel considers pattern across three artistic disciplines. Moderator Sunita Mukhi will lead the artists in a discussion on the role and use of pattern in their respective work and address the question of how each of their mediums dictate the vocabulary, process and archiving of pattern.
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, registration required.