I was inspired to create Voices Breaking Boundaries’ Women Under Siege production after I experienced metal detectors to enter the shrine dedicated to Karachi’s patron saint, Abdullah Shah Ghazi.
I encountered the same sense of forced “security” metal at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, where I was a board member at the time. Both spaces had been been impacted by bombs and even today, continue to receive threats by extremist religious forces.
I went on to direct a production that featured video, performances and installations by more than 10 artists from Houston and Karachi.
After the production was complete, Voices Breaking Boundaries' Interim Executive Director Joshua Turner and I co-edited a publication, Women Under Siege that features writing and art by women in Karachi and Houston (currently out of print). My essay "Invisible Threads" is featured in the book.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR WOMEN UNDER SIEGE:
Women Under Siege was made possible through the support of: the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Houston Endowment, Inc.; National Endowment for the Arts; the Nightingale Code Foundation; Poets & Writers; The Simmons Foundation; & Texas Commission on the Arts. VBB receives funding support from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
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.