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.
2:00 PM, Saturday, November 21, 2015
Houston Public Library, First Floor Gallery, 500 McKinney, 77002
During October and November, multidisciplinary artist and writer Sehba Sarwar led women's workshops at Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center and Somali Bantu Community of Greater Houston (SBCGH). In the gatherings that included writing, food and community, new and veteran entrants to Houston and the U.S. delved into issues of displacement, the state of being transnational, and the urgency one faces in coming to terms with being in-between.
The outcome of the workshops will be shared with the larger public at a special reading and conversation session at Houston Public Library's Central Library in the First Floor Gallery.
The afternoon will include readings and writings by Zema Kelleta, Tanya Jackson, Muna Tamang, Sukhada Tatke and Azeb Yusuf.
An exhibition of interviews from Sarwar's blog, What Is Home? will be on view till November 30, 2015; Sarwar will also read excerpts from her memoir-in-progress.
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.