Guyana/India | Gaiutra Bahadur Charts the ‘Coolie’ Woman’s Odyssey

April 30, 2014 · 2 Comments 


Coolie Woman. CoversCover art depicting Indian indentured immigrant women for the US, UK, and India editions of
Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur.

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India | Swati Khurana on Rituals, Resistance, and Assimilation

April 30, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Swati Khurana. Letters.Swati Khurana. “Love Letters As Necessary Fictions.” 2008. Paper, ink, found miniature-display box. 

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Trinidad/Canada | Our Holy Waters and Mine: The Art of Andil Gosine

April 30, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Indian Ocean. Andil Gosine Andil Gosine. “Our Holy Waters and Mine.” 2014. Glass jar, water.

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India | The ‘Dream’ of School for Impoverished Girls, by Photojournalist Nikki Kahn

April 1, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

Jyotsna Patadia, age 15, walks the salt pans of Little Rann of Kutch, India. © Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post. 

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Canada/South Africa | Breaking the Silence: An Interview with Artist Soraya Nulliah

April 1, 2013 · 1 Comment 

soraya nulliah child bride 2007

Soraya Nulliah. “Child Bride.” 2007. Mixed Media.  

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India | Artefacting Mumbai

March 3, 2011 · Leave a Comment 

Two boys playing near the Tulsi Pipes, Dharavi, Mumbai. Arne de Knegt for Artefacting Mumbai

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South Asia | Fashion with a Conscience: Marrying Design with Human Rights

January 4, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Model is wearing Zolaykha Sherzad's design from her fashion line, "Zarif," which means "precious" in Dari. Sherzad, an Afghani designer, created the line "Love" as a tribute to women who have survived violence and war in their lives. Photo by Vikram Pathak

On December 8, 2009, Engendered’s Fashion Conscience 09 unveiled collections merging design with human rights from three of South Asia’s most progressive and cause-driven designers: Manish Arora, named one of the top 10 designers at Paris Fashion Week 2009, Zolaykha Sherzad, called a “cultural ambassador to Afghanistan” by Time Magazine, and Asher Jay, a Parsons Design School fashionista.  Engendered is a trans-national arts and human rights organization focused on exploring the complex realities of gender and sexuality in the South Asian Diaspora. In tandem with their work and mission, the featured ‘POSITIVE,’ ‘ONE,’ and ‘LOVE’ fashion lines paid homage to people living with HIV and AIDS, gender non-conformists, and women who have survived violence and war. In addition to their merits as beautiful pieces of wearable art, the designs were also an empowering reminder of the ways in which art can be used and reinvented as tools of social change and transformation.

Oscar-nominated, South Asian director Mira Nair celebrates the success of Manish Arora's fashion line "Positive," created for Engendered. The line is an homage to those people living with HIV and AIDS, in an effort to dispel myths about the disease and highlight the importance of safe sex. Photo by Vikram Pathak

Slumdog Millionaire

December 12, 2008 · 1 Comment 

 Image courtesy of Warner Brothers’ 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire
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