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A World’s Fair-style convention will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this weekend.

Creators, curators, and critics of South Asian American art will convene at Queens Museum to network, discuss, and enjoy the genre on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both days. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The event — Fatal Love: Where Are We Now? – will actually begin at the Asia Society in Manhattan on Friday, June 30, at 4 p.m. with a sold-out tour of the current exhibition Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora, which displays 19 contemporary artists whose work deals with issues of home, migration, and memory. (It’s on display until Aug. 6.) A panel discussion and reception will follow.

The fun will move to Queens Museum the next day for a seemingly exhaustive, two-day lineup with panels on everything from sculpture to photography to public art. Co-organized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the symposium aims to evaluate the state of the field and identify strategies to bring South Asian art to a broader audience. (The genre has had a strong presence in New York City for about two decades, but it hasn’t had success on a national level.)

Discussions with critic Anuradha Vikram, curator Jasmine Wahi, and educator Namita Gupta Wiggers highlight the weekend. Other activities include a panel on queer theory with artist Allan deSouza and art historian Alpesh Patel and performances by Baseera Khan, Lahore Vagistan, and Faluda Islam.

The weekend’s inspiration comes from the fact that this year marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from the British Empire. The action led to a partition and the creation of Pakistan and Bangladesh. The events schedule is below.

Saturday, July 1

  • 10 a.m. − Creating Visual Patios: Extending Regional Forms to Conceptual Ones with Simeen Farhat, Mahwish Chishty, Shahzia Sikander, Khalil Chishtee, and moderator Alpesh Kantilal Patel.
  • 11:15 a.m. − Curator panel with Anuradha Vikram, Jasmine Wahi, Leeza Ahmady, Jaishri Abichandani, Namita Gupta Wiggers, Megha Ralapati, and moderator Sheetal Prajapati.
  • 12:30 p.m. − Discussion on sculpture with Rina Banerjee, Avantika Bawa, Romy Scheroder, Ruby Chishti, Palden Weinreb, and moderator Sunanda Sanyal.
  • 1:30 p.m. − Lunch served on site with performance by Baseera Khan.
  • 2:45 p.m. − Photography Document and Archive with Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Neil Chowdhury, Gautam Nikolai Kansara, Asma Kazmi, Leena Jayaswal, and moderator Santhi Kavuri Bauer.
  • 4 p.m. − Installation 2 Public and Academic Address with Sreshta Rit Premnath, Mariam Ghani, Chitra Ganesh, Hasan Elahi, Brendan Fernandes, Vandana Jain, and moderator Aruna D’Souza.
  • 5 p.m. − Coffee break.
  • 5:15 p.m. − Academic panel with Rakhee Balaram, Santhi Kavuri Bauer, Sunanda K Sanyal, Vanita Reddy, Bakirathi Mani, Asma Naeem, and moderator Rashmi Vishwanathan.

Sunday, July 2

  • 10 a.m. − Projects in the public sphere with Kanishka Raja, Shagun Singh, Shahzia Sikander, Chitra Ganesh, Diya Vij, former Queens Museum director Tom Finkelpearl, and moderator Prerana Reddy.
  • 11:15 p.m. − Painting panel entitled “Metaphor and Allusion – Formal Inquiries” with Shahzia Sikander, Kanishka Raja, Sandeep Mukherjee, Mequitta Ahuja, Tara Sabharwal, and moderator Aruna D’Souza.
  • 12:30 p.m. − Photography: Conceptual Horizons panel with Yamini Nayar, Allan DeSouza, Fariba Salma Alam, Pradeep Dalal, Priyanka Dasgupta, Hasan Elahi, and moderator Bakirathi Mani.
  • 1:30 p.m. − Lunch.
  • 2:30 p.m. − Graphic Artists Panel with Pardon My Hindi, Meera Sethi, Ayqa Khan, Mojuicy, Atif Toor, and moderator Ronak Kapadia.
  • 3:45 p.m. − The (Faith)ful Triangle with Naeem Mohaiemen, Baseera Khan, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Vivek Bald.
  • 5 p.m. − Queer Theorists Panel with Alpesh Patel, Natasha Bissonauth, Ronak Kapadia, Allan DeSouza, and moderator Kareem Khubchandani.
  • 6 p.m. − Performances by Lahore Vagistan and Faluda Islam (Islam’s performance presented by 12 Gates Gallery).
  • 6:30 p.m. − Open forum for feedback and strategy.


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