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Where Straight Lines Fail. A DIAP MFA Thesis Exhibition by Priyanka Dasgupta. At the City College Cohen Library, Cohen Archives Gallery, City College, New York, NY 10031. April 28-May12, 2017. 
Reception on Thursday, May 11, 5-7pm.


Join us at the Abrons Arts Center for the Opening Reception, on April 6, 2017, from 6-8pm. For more info: http://www.abronsartscenter.org/on-view/exhibits/archival-alchemy-south-asian-womens-creative-collective-swacc/
ORNATE / ACTIVATE, at the Villa Terrace Decorate Arts Museum, Milwaukee. February 16, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Ornate/Activate  examines the use of decorative arts and motifs, architectural elements, scripts, traditional materials, and other forms of pattern-making by artists of South Asian origin to create meaningful and critical content. The exhibition, organized by the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) and curated by Alexander Campos, addresses themes such as inequality stemming from the global economy, loss of language and culture, gender violence, discrimination, segregation, and issues of equality and identity. 

Exhibiting Artists:
Nida Abidi, Fariba Alam, Kamal Badhey, Shelly Bahl, Marcy Chevali, Priyanka Dasgupta, Roya Farassat, Asha Ganpat, Parisa Ghaderi, Zainab Hussain, Monica Jahan Bose, Vandana Jain, Umber Majeed, Radhika Mathews, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Nirmal Raja, Sausan Saulat, Suran Song, Udita Upadhyaya
Loving Blackness
Mequitta Ahuja, Elia Alba, Tomie Arai, Indrani Ashe, Sonia E. Barrett & Shannon Lewis, Kamal Badhey, Alexis Callender, Emily Chow Bluck & Aletheia Shin, Priyanka Dasgupta & Chad Marshall, Colette Fu, Geeta Gandbhir, Amanda Kemp, Leon Sun, Francis Wong & Michael Jamanis, Tracy Keza/Studio Revolt, Sarah Khan, Shaun Leonardo, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Meei Ling Ng, Tammy Nguyen, kate-hers RHEE, Dread Scott, Shahzia Sikander
Curated by Jaishri Abichandani
February 3 – April 21
Opening Reception: First Friday, February 3, 6 – 8 p.m.
Black and Asian communities have coexisted side by side across the world for centuries. Our history includes a shared experience of indentured servitude and slavery in the Caribbean islands, the co-mingling of Bengali’s and Afro-Latino’s in Harlem and on the streets of London that led to the Black and Asian arts movement in the eighties. It is fraught with tensions first inflamed by the horrors of colonialism and has now been transformed into a tangled web of inequities, when 3,000 Chinese supporters of Officer Liang faced off 15,000 Black Lives Matter protestors demanding justice for Akai Gurley on the streets of New York last year. This historic friction has provided opportunities for solidarity, and increasingly we are seeing Asian individuals and organizations coming out in support of Black Lives Matter while acknowledging our collective debt to the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement in gaining liberties.
Grounded in Asian Arts Initiative’s own history of being founded in response to racial tensions between Black and Asian communities, and prompted by ongoing instances of systemic injustice and anti-racism organizing efforts, over 20 artists explore moments of tension and solidarity between and among our communities through painting, photography, sculpture, and video.
Priyanka Dasgupta will speak as part of a panel on Art and Social Change, at the IAAC Literary Festival, New York, at NYU's Kimmel Center, on October 8, 2016. If you're in the neighbourhood, stop by!
Priyanka Dasgupta was recently awarded the Connor Research and Travel Award at City College, with which she traveled to the Alkazi Foundation, the largest archive of photographic imagery from the 19th and 20th Century from the South and South East Asian region, located in New Delhi, to conduct research around image circulation and power, towards her current work. 
Humsa / Hamsa, made in collaboration with Chad Marshall, exhibited at the India Art Fair 2016, in New Delhi, with Shrine Empire Gallery, Booth C 8, Thursday, January 28 - Sunday, January 31, 2016.

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