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.
I also worked with VBB’s Interim Director Joshua Turner to create a publication (currently out of print). My essay “Invisible Thread” was published 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.