Art Opening: Opening Reception: In a State of Emergency? Women, War and the Politics of Urban Survival

Thu, November 30, 2006 6:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

(View all art openings »)

Alwan for the Arts Presents

The South Asian Women's Creative Collective In a State of Emergency? Women, War and the Politics of Urban Survival

A Visual Arts Exhibition Curated by: Derrick Adams, Arshiya Lokhandwala & Uzma Rizvi

Opening Reception: November 30, 2006, 6:30-8:30 PM Dates: November 30th – December 9th, 2006 Mon-Fri: 5:00-8:00 PM, Sat-Sun: Noon-5:00 PM

Open and Free to the Public

We live in increasingly violent times. Heralded by globalization, such aggression inextricably marks the urban landscape. Altered states of cartographic realities overlap onto a specifically conservative agenda, expressing itself onto women's lives, bodies, and experiences. These landscapes also house, as a result of the recent wars, a resurgence of religious fundamentalism, and mass movements of individuals through exile and migration, which has led to a new kind of politics of violence. The nine artists in the exhibition, Meherunnisa Asad, Vandana Sood, Carol Pereira, Kiran Chandra, Bindu Mehra, Maryum Saifee, Seher Shah, Mona Kamal, Salma Arastu, negotiate spaces of conflict, violence, issues of identity, commodification, claustrophobia, and the politics of the body within their work. Using several mediums including photography, video, installations and animation, these women continue to resist and reshape the world on their own terms within their individual idioms while still maintaining the fragility of their bodies juxtaposed to the beautifully harsh urban realities. This exhibition alludes to Walter Benjamin's concept of "State of Emergency," which can be interpreted in two ways: through the eyes of the oppressor who uses this position as a way to maintain his oppression, or what Benjamin considers as the "real state of emergency," a struggle by the oppressed to resist the oppressor. By evoking the latter, the exhibition "State of Emergency" explores the manner in which South Asian women navigate their lives through the urban spaces and difficult social terrain.

Generously Supported by: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Co-Curated and Produced By: Shanti Grandhi, Samanta Batra Mehta & Yamini Nayar (SAWCC's Visual Arts Committee 2006)

About SAWCC The South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC) is an organization dedicated to the advancement, visibility and development South Asian women artists. SAWCC provides a forum for South Asian women artists to profile their creative and intellectual work and network with other South Asian women creative professionals. Please visit us at

Last updated: 2007-09-20 07:17:48

Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
(between Broad St. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732-3261

Alwan Auction 2016

Join Our Mailing List:



Classes are currently being scheduled. Please check back soon for updates.



There are currently no upcoming events.


16 Beaver Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732 3261
Email Us

Alwan for the Arts is accessible to people with disabilities. Please call 646 732 3261 in advance, or, buzz at the door to arrange a ramp.

© 2020 Alwan for the Arts

Hosting donated by:, the Arabic Encyclopedia