23 Mar, 2018

taking a break…

23 Mar, 2018

This week, our spring break, René, Minal, and I boarded a flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which is just two hours away from Los Angeles. When we landed in Puerto Vallarta, the airport was filled with tourists from the US, who were doing the same thing as we were:...

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revisiting the border…

the Texas-Mexico fence at Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Last week, I dipped into the Rio Grande Valley for 24-hours to participate in an arts and literature festival. The morning after my arrival, my friends/writers Emmy Pérez and Britt Haraway picked me up for a 10-mile drive to the US-Mexico border wall, which...

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23 Feb, 2018

recovering….

23 Feb, 2018

Photo by Vicente Lozano Three weeks have passed since I performed On Belonging inside the Menil Collection’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel and set up the installation on the tree outside the chapel. My time in Houston was a blur, especially since after I landed in Pasadena, I succumbed to a...

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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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my tortoise is trans…

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 I...

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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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19 Sep, 2017

stepping away from TEDx…

19 Sep, 2017

photo by Gabriel Fuller Over the last few months, I was immersed in preparing for a Pasadena TEDx talk, but last week, I withdrew my participation. I have a lot to say about the experience, but for now, I will remain short. I am disillusioned by how today’s TEDx...

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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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I was inspired to begin my blog when I visited my alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, where a photograph of my friends and me calling for divestment of funds from South Africa, is framed and exhibited in the library.

In 2007,  I began a blog when inspired by a visit to my alma mater where a photograph of my friends and me calling for divestment of funds from South Africa, is framed and exhibited in the library, I use the space to document my movement between spaces, Houston, Karachi, Delhi, Dhaka, Los Angeles and elsewhere, recording observations, images and conversations. My blog remains a space where I document the multiple realities that I inhabit–writer, artist, mother, activist, educator, and transnational. Interviews from my blog were exhibited at Houston’s Baker Ripley Community Center (2014) and at Houston Public Library in downtown (2015).