Testimonies on Paper: Art and Poetry of South Asian Women

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Testimonies on Paper: Art and Poetry of South Asian Women

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January 21 · 11am - June 17 · 6pm CST


South Asia Institute 1925 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60616

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South Asia Institute exhibition Testimonies on Paper brings together Art and Poetry of South Asian Women.

Exploring the many ways in which women artists have engaged with their cultures and societies through their work and how they have interwoven their experiences as South Asian women in their work. The exhibition Testimonies on Paper: Art and Poetry of South Asian Women brings together an array of works on paper by South Asian women artists from the Hundal Collection and brings together South Asian women poets to create a space for alternative narratives of femininity and identity as the poets respond to the works exhibited.

The exhibition includes the selected works by artists Zarina Hashmi, Nasreen Mohamedi, Ayesha Sultana, Laila Rahman, Shahzia Sikander, Meher Afroz, Naiza Khan, Rana Begum, and Salima Hashmi; and the response of poets Mary Anne Mohanraj, Nina Sudhakar, Bhaswati Ghosh, Kashiana Singh, Dipika Mukherjee, Ami Kaye and Shikha Malaviya. The works incorporate various motifs such as spirituality, gender, displacement, and longing that reflect the artists’ desire to make sense of their lives in the world around them.

The South Asia Institute will host Testimonies on Paper: Art and Poetry of South Asian Women for public viewing from January 20, 2023 to June 17, 2023. Supported by the Hundal Collection, curated by Andrea Moratinos and advised by poet Dipika Mukherjee.

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South Asia Institute (SAI) fosters and presents the art and culture of South Asia and its diaspora through curated exhibitions, educational initiatives and innovative programs. We serve as a hub for experimentation in visual, cultural and literary experiences. SAI collaborates locally and globally to engage communities, support artistic production and cultivate cultural appreciation.