Voices Breaking Boundaries

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Join us for a presentation of work from Borderlines Volume Two, the latest edition of Voices Breaking Boundaries

Borderlines Volume Two is a publication by Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB), a non-profit arts organization that has been producing original art in Houston for sixteen years. VBB’s Borderlines project was initiated three years ago by VBB’s Artistic Director/Founder Sehba Sarwar. Through publications and original art installations, the project aims to explore parallels between border regions in South Asia (Bangladesh, India and Pakistan) and North America (Canada, Mexico and the US), while examining histories of two Houston neighborhoods, Gulfton and Near Northside.

Borderlines Volume Two contributors include: Nandita Bhavnani (India), Arlene Bowman (Canada), Selfa Chew-Smithart (US/Mexico Border), Michelle Garcia, Tayeba Begum Lipi (Bangladesh), Naila Mahmood (Pakistan), Emmy Perez (US/Mexico Border), Harbeer Sandhu (Houston), and Noor Zaheer (India); interviews with Shirin Herman by Sehba Sarwar, Yescka from the ASARO Collective from Mexico by Christina Sisk, Mercedes Herrera by Michelle Garcia; and stories from participants in Sarwar’s workshop for South Asian women/children in Gulfton.

Woven throughout the essays and poetry are production photographs by artists from Bangladesh, Canada, Houston, India, Mexico, Pakistan, and the US-Mexico border, who participated in VBB’s Borderlines productions since 2013. The publication is edited by Dr. Margot Backus and Dr. Maria Gonzalez, professors at University of Houston, Ana Laurel, VBB’s 2013-16 Associate Director and Sehba Sarwar, VBB’s Artistic Director/Founder; layout and graphic design is by Joshua N. Turner and Angela Martinez.