why are you looking at me like that?

In 2008, out of curiosity to learn more about the larger world beyond my bubble, I visited a Houston gun show.

As I entered, a former student walked out carrying a kalashnikov (AK47 gun) with two cases of bullets. Later that evening, I wrote a poem about my response.

I went on to create a video collage using stolen footage (cameras were not allowed at the gunshow), my poem, as well as Karachi street scenes after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

The 3-minute video collage was selected to play at Medrar for Contemporary Art’s 2010 film festival (Egypt) as well as at the 2009 Jaipur International Film Festival (India). I have also screened the video in spaces around Karachi, Pakistan, and in Houston, Texas.

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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.

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