Sehba Sarwar is a writer, multidisciplinary artist, and activist, currently based in Houston, USA. She moves between the city of her birth, Karachi, Pakistan, where she spent the first half of her life in a home filled with artists, activists and educators, and her adopted city, Houston, where she has recreated a community similar to the one where she was raised. Through her writings and installations, Sarwar explores displacement and women’s issues.
Sarwar's first novel, Black Wings was published in 2004 (Alhamra Publishing, Pakistan), and her short stories have appeared in anthologies including And The World Changed (Feminist Press, 2008) and in Neither Night Nor Day (Harper Collins, India, 2007). Alongside her fiction, Sarwar has published a wide range of essays in publications including The News on Sunday, The New York Times’ Sunday Magazine and Callaloo, while her poetry has been published in anthologies in Pakistan, Canada and the US. Sarwar's video collages have been screened in Pakistan, India, Egypt and the US. In an attempt to document the multiple realities she inhabits - writer, artist, mother, activist, dual citizen - Sarwar maintains a blog, What Is Home?, where she posts images, videos and words.
Currently, Sarwar is working on a project What Is Home? that she started during a 2012-14 artist residency at the Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. Through a 2014-15 Mid-America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovations grant award, Sarwar is expanding her What Is Home? project into a multidisciplinary arts production.
In addition to her art, Sarwar serves as artistic/ founding director of Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB), a non-profit arts-activist organization in Houston, USA, for which she visualized VBB's Borderlines living room art productions that explore histories, memories and stories and create connections between North America and South Asia.
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