Borderlines was a long-term project (2013-2017) that I initiated for Voices Breaking Boundaries, where I serve as Artistic Director/Founder. The project explored parallels between the border regions of South Asia and North America.
During the life of the project, I worked with Houston-based artists to transform residential homes into art spaces, and more than 70 artists from Bangladesh, Canada, India, Mexico, Pakistan, US-Mexico border, and Houston participated in the series. In one of my installations, What We leave Behind, I spray painted slippers donated by Pakistani women in Houston, while in another installation, I created a web, using beads from Karachi’s Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine.
Additionally, I visualized and directed three publications featuring writing and art by participants in Bangladesh, Canada, India, Mexico, Pakistan, US-Mexico border, and Houston; the publications were edited by scholars Margot Backus and Maria Gonzalez and designed by Joshua Turner.
My essays are published in all three volumes, which have been launched at the University of Texas-Austin (Austin, TX), Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX), and Karachi Literature Festival (Karachi, Pakistan).
During the research and development segment of the project, I generated additional essays for publications outside of Voices Breaking Boundaries:
ADDITIONAL BORDERLINES MATERIALS:
Borderlines was funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Neely Foundation; Copydotcom; Houston Endowment, Inc.; National Endowment for the Arts; and Texas Commission on the Arts. VBB receives funding support from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and is a participant of the Capacity Building Initiative (CBI).
Ongoing & Additional Projects
I am an author and speaker, an artist, and a community and cultural activist.
If I can use my talents and passions to inspire you or your network to push boundaries and become involved in our communities, please connect with me. I am open to schedule readings, workshops, courses or multimedia installations.Universities and non-profit organizations based in Texas can apply for Texas Commission on the Arts grants to fund Sarwar’s workshops, readings and/or installations since she serves on the Texas Touring Roster.