VBB has been gathering work from women months before the event, asking them to share stories about their lives. These rich narratives are part of the installation in the dining room, on the art car, and will be integrated into performances and conversations. Thank you to Planned Parenthood – Gulf Coast for helping collect these urgent voices.
Yaminay Chauduri (Karachi, Pakistan / Albany NY) is a multimedia artist based in Albany, NY, who works with video, photography and new genres to map concept and experience. Currently, serving as a curator at Collar Works, a not-for-profit art Gallery in Troy, NY, she has recently started an experimental group in Karachi called Tentative Collective.
Tazeen Hussain (Karachi, Pakistan) is an educator/artist with a diverse portfolio, covering visual arts, television, theatre, journalism, and social work. Hussain received a Bachelors degree in Communication Design from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS), where she currently teaches. She also serves as visiting faculty at Karachi University.
Haya Fatima Iqbal (Karachi, Pakistan) is currently filming an hour-long documentary on ethnic violence in Sindh. She has written for Dawn, The News, Daily Times and worked at Geo News; her experimental video works can be watched on YouTube.
Laltain Performing Arts Society (Karachi, Pakistan) of the Indus Valley School of Visual Studies (IVS) is committed to presenting quality live performances, and aims to entertain, supplement and train, while providing IVS students’ opportunities to learn and to foster creative expression.
Nritaal (Karachi, Pakistan) is a performing arts group consisting of young and aspiring artists. The aim of Nritaal is to promote performing arts, dance, music, theatre and poetry.
The Sketches (Karachi, Pakistan) is a Sufi folk -rock band, whose first debut album ‘Dastkari’ meaning ‘one’s own creation’ was released in 2010 with the songs in Sindhi, Saraiki and Urdu bearing a wide range of messages promoting peace, a cultural heritage, freedom of expression and love.
Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl (Houston, USA) is a traditional Mexican dance group that participates in indigenous ceremonies and educational presentations. The group offers space for people to pray, share, and learn about their spirituality, traditions, and culture.
Mary Margaret Hansen (Houston, USA), a visual artist and writer, who is celebrated for conceiving and producing ‘Second Seating’ in a metal building on the edge of downtown Houston. She has exhibited her photographs at FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography. In January, she was listed as ’100 Creatives 2012’ by the Houston Press.
Megan Jackson (Houston, USA) has performed in numerous productions in New York City working with such literary figures, such as Ishmael Reed and Rome Neal of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and staged readings with The Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop. Since returning to Houston in 2010, she served as editor of the book, Teaching in the Spirit.
Abijan Johnson (Houston, USA) works in social services by day and dances by night. This is her third collaboration with Autumn Knight, using movement to explore individual perception, mental health and critical social systems.
Autumn Knight (Houston, USA) has performed internationally with Elevator Repair Service and is a co-founder of Jelly Jar, a performance-based collective. With a BA in Theatre and Speech Communications (Dillard University) and MA in Drama Therapy (New York University) she has pursued acting training at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.
Sehba Sarwar (Karachi, Pakistan / Houston, USA) is a writer and multidisciplinary artist. Born and raised in Pakistan, she is based in Houston, and her writings have been published in India, Pakistan, South Korea, and the US; her videos have been screened in India, Pakistan, Egypt and the US. She serves as VBB’s artistic/founding director and produces VBB living room art shows.
Yunuen Perez Vertti (Mexico DF, Mexico / Houston, USA) and created documentaries for many organizations including VBB. Her installation with Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble’s A Note from Guantánamo and Sweet Land was featured as part of FotoFest’s 2006 Biennial dedicated to the themes of The Earth & Artists Responding to Violence.