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Week of 11/16/2015

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Saturday, December 5:
For VBB's return to Near Northside with our first 2015-16 living room art production

Asian Americans in Houston:
Featuring an exhibition about VBB + Sehba Sarwar at the Heritage Society

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VBB’s Second Decade: 2015-16

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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.

The season also includes book launches of VBB's art catalogues Borderlines: Volume One and Two in both Northside and Gulfton as well as in Austin and Karachi, Pakistan. Additionally, VBB is partnering with the Houston Public Library to feature new work by Artistic Director Sehba Sarwar.

Fall 2015

a vbb book launch
Borderlines: Volume Two Book Launch

Moody Park Riot

3:30-5:30 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015
Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin, 77074
$ Free

Join VBB for our Borderlines: Volume Two book launch & celebration!

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.

This event is cosponsored by American Pakistan Foundation, Avenue CDC, Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, and Saint Arnold's Brewery.


What is Home?


2:00 PM, Saturday, November 21, 2015
Houston Public Library, First Floor Gallery, 500 McKinney, 77002
$ Free

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.

The reading and exhibition are part of Building Bridges: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Houston Public Library.


a Borderlines living room art production
Ni de aqui, ni de alla
Not from here, Not from there


3:00-6:00 PM, Saturday, December 5, 2015
Home of Saul Banda, 1511 Everett, 77009
$ Free

Local artists include Gelson Lemus aka w3r3on3, Jasminne Mendez, Lupe Mendez, Delilah Montoya and Stephanie St. Sanchez; and international artists include Francisco-Fernando Granados and Manolo Lugo (Canada), Cerrucha and Laura De Leon (Mexico), Veer Munshi and Sebastian Varghese (India), Naila Mahmood, Masooma Syed (Pakistan), and artists from the No Man's Land project Britto Arts Trust (Bangladesh) and Shelter Promotion Council(India).

Living room art returns to Near Northside! This time, VBB will transform a home with work that explores the places of our origin and their lasting effects on our identities and our paths of migration.

The afternoon includes installations/performances by Houston-based artists, digital work from international artists, music from Generasian Radio and Northside's Jeff Davis Mariachi Band, henna by Zainab, light bites from La Macro, and beer donated by Saint's Arnold's Brewery

Interested in volunteering? Click on this link to learn about available shifts!

Cosponsored by Avenue CDC, Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, Fe y Justicia Workers Center and KPFT 90.1 FM Pacifica Radio.


a vbb book launch
Borderlines: Volumes One + Two


Friday, March 4, 2016
Venue TBA
$ Free

VBB's Borderlines: Volume Two will be launched in Austin, TX with readings by Harbeer Sandhu and Sehba Sarwar. Using their writings as a guide, Sarwar and Sandhu will discuss borders and their impacts.

The evening is organized by South Asia Institute, University of Texas at Austin.


VBB Showcases

Asian Americans in Houston: A Kaleidoscope of Cultures

October 6, 2015- January 16, 2016
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery, 1100 Bagby St, 77002
$ Free

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!


VBB Archived at UH

Voices Breaking Boundaries is excited to announce that the University of Houston's Friends of Women's Studies (FWS) has included Sehba Sarwar and VBB as part of the FWS Carey C. Shuart Women's Archive at the UH library, Special Collections. The library is in the process of collecting and archiving final materials from VBB and soon the living archive will be available for viewing.

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.


2015-16 Cosponsorships

4th Annual LibroFEST

10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Saturday, October 3
Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney, 77002
$ Free

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.


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