This year, Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) enters the second half of its second decade in Houston with a continuation of our ground-breaking Borderlines series, including VBB's trademark living room art productions that transform residential homes. Borderlines productions focus on the border regions of North America and South Asia and are based in two Houston neighborhoods, Northside and Gulfton, to explore how people attempt to cross borders, the prices attached to such dangerous treks, and the way these global issues reflect the realities faced by populations in Houston.
Celebrate with us our newest publication with music from DJ Q from KarmaDJs and Gulfton's own DJ Lalo, food, drinks and more! Throughout the afternoon, contributors including Michelle Garcia, Shirin Herman, Sehba Sarwar, Harbeer Sandhu, Dr. Maria Gonzalez and Christina Sisk PhD will be available to sign catalogues. Also present will be Borderlines design artist Joshua Turner and managing editor Ana Laurel.
Borderlines: Volume Two features essays, poetry, interviews, and photography from VBB's 2014-15 living room art productions. Grounded in Houston's Gulfton community, Borderlines explores cross-cultural connections across North American (Canada-Mexico-US) and South Asian (Bangladesh-India-Pakistan) border regions.
Creating connections between two border regions, South Asia and North America, Borderlines Volumes One + Two are high-quality art catalogues filled with essays, poems, and interviews along with images from VBB's visual art productions.
Writers, poets and scholars in the first two volumes include: Tehmina Ahmed (Pakistan), Monica Arreola (Mexico) Nandita Bhavnani (India), Minerva Laveaga (USA-Mexico border), Tayeba Begum Lipi (Bangladesh), Emmy Perez (USA-Mexico border), Sehba Sarwar (Pakistan-USA), Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistan-USA), Adriana Trujillo (Mexico), Noor Zaheer (India), and many more. The catalogues are edited by Margot Backus PhD and Maria Gonzalez PhD.
In April, as part of Rothko Chapel's symposium in partnership with the University of St. Thomas, Alternative Economies, Resilient Communities, that focuses on creative, effective responses to eliminating economic inequality, Sehba Sarwar will perform alongside performance artist and Yaksha Shah. The performance will include monologues collected by Sarwar from her storytelling workshops with South Asian women; the stories shared will reflect day-to-day challenges faced by the women in their efforts to create "home" and feed their families.
a vbb book launch Borderlines Volumes 1 & 2 Book Launch
To continue the celebration of VBB Borderlines Volumes 1 and 2, a special reading will be held in Near Northside, showcasing contributors and participants from both publications including Frank Aguilar, Rob Block, Jimmy Castillo, and Monica Villarreal along with co-editors Margot Backus PhD and Maria Gonzalez PhD and layout artist Joshua Turner. As always, the afternoon will include food.
This pop-up living room art production is the final installment of VBB's Borderlines series that explores migrations and movements across borders in North American (Mexico-US-Canada) and South Asian (India-Pakistan-Bangladesh-Nepal) border regions. The production will include performance and installations.
VBB is excited to be a part of Asian Americans in Houston: A Kaleidoscope of Cultures. The exhibit will feature objects and images from past VBB productions along with other Asians in Houston and their many contributions to Houston and its culture. Topics will include an overview of Asian immigration, a Buddhist temple, and stories of individuals who trace their ancestry to China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. The exhibit will bring to life stories in the articles from the fall 2015 issue of Houston History magazine by featuring artifacts, photographs, and documents representing a cultural bridge between Asia and Houston.
The Houston History article will be launched at a special reception on Thursday, November 19, featuring VBB along with other participants from the exhibit!
The material was collected in conjunction with a Fall 2014 HIST 6383 course taught by Dr. Kairn Klieman. Graduate students conducted fifteen interviews with Sehba Sarwar and VBB board and staff members. Community members were also part of the interview process.
VBB will showcase its living room art catalogues as part of the Gulf Coast Literary Journal and Houston Public Library's annual LibroFEST. The afternoon will include book signings by Borderlines: Volume One writers and editors.
Other LibroFEST activities include workshops, interactive entertainment with a scavenger hunt for custom-made trading cards of Latino Veterans, handcrafted by Jesse Treviño, and loterí a gaming. Also taking part in the festival: musicians, artists, and local literary organizations and vendors including Arte Público Press, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, and many more.