26 Jan, 2018

on belonging in houston…

26 Jan, 2018

On Belonging survey response cards placed on ajrak, a fabric from Sindh, Pakistan and Gujarat, India; participants’ mothers’ born in (left) China (right) Thailand Houston weather has been good to me. For the past decade, I’ve produced indoor-outdoor living room art shows around the city, and despite dire weather...

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09 Dec, 2017

a tribute to nora…

09 Dec, 2017

Minal’s painting dedicated to Nora Nora, our family’s beloved cat, passed away two days ago. Minal, René and I created a collaborative post in memory of her: We miss hearing her nails clattering on the wooden floors as she descends the stairs. We miss the meows with which she...

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01 Dec, 2017

my tortoise is trans…

my tortoise is trans…
01 Dec, 2017

November 2015: Oskar and René’s wedding   “My tortoise is trans,” comments Tina. “She’s female actually,” explains Tina’s brother John. “But even though we’ve had the tortoise for more than five years, I still call my sister’s tortoise a ‘he.’” “The way children talk today is different from when...

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28 Oct, 2017

sports, protest and peace…

sports, protest and peace…
28 Oct, 2017

@versaillesboy via Twitter screenshot   “When I was a teenager, I skipped school, so I could see cricket matches at Karachi’s National Stadium,” I told Minal and her friends while driving to school. “That’s when Pakistan was playing against India.” We were talking about the Astros (Houston) versus Dodgers...

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24 Oct, 2017

me too…

Sehba Sarwar
24 Oct, 2017

Minal creating a nature installation to cover an exposed nail; Karachi 2011 The accepted statistic that “one in three women will suffer sexual abuse” feels antiquated. It has taken me years to heal from #MeToo encounters that I experienced—on the street with strangers, at the homes of friends with...

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13 Oct, 2017

revisiting a home…

13 Oct, 2017

Archive photos from my 2009 installationListening from Within that I created in honor of my father, Dr. Mohammad Sarwar, who passed away in 2009; the larger production was called Honoring Dissent/Descent In Houston for a few days, this morning I stopped by Copy.Com to do some printing for my...

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31 Aug, 2017

torrential rain on a global level…

Sehbar Sarwar
31 Aug, 2017

2008: Destruction after Hurricane Ike in our old Houston neighborhood In 2005, when Hurricane Rita hit the Gulf Coast, I wasn’t maintaining a blog. But the day we drove out of Houston is etched in my memory. There was widespread panic in the city since Rita was predicted to...

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17 Jul, 2017

how to pray openly…

17 Jul, 2017

While spending time with my sister in Boston, we visited Castle Island, a beach near downtown. Because the beach is so close to the city, the small coast and historic site, Fort Independence attracts a broad variety of visitors. As we turned a corner, I stopped in my tracks....

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30 Jun, 2017

“fiction is an offering, a prayer, a universe…”

30 Jun, 2017

Arundhati Roy read a passage from her new novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness; image of rock star Patti Smith in the background “Happiness is an act of resistance,” Arundhati Roy stated in response to a question about how she remained positive, despite threats that she faced. “They want...

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25 Jun, 2017

chand raat in little bangladesh…

25 Jun, 2017

My friend’s daughter getting her hand decorated with mehndi/henna on Chand Raat On Chand Raat, I team up with my friend Shaista, and we drive our daughters to Virgil Middle School in Los Angeles’ Little Bangladesh in east Hollywood. Though we arrive after 9:30 pm, the courtyard is packed...

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