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.
To kick off its 2015-16 season, VBB will showcase its newest publication, Borderlines: Volume Two, with an interactive afternoon where editors Margot Backus PhD and Maria Gonzalez PhD, along with contributors including Michelle Garcia, Shirin Herman, Harbeer Sandhu, Sehba Sarwar and Christina Sisk PhD will be available to talk about the creation of the catalogue. Also present will be Borderlines design artist Joshua Turner and managing editor Ana Laurel.
There will also be intermittent screenings of Borderlines videos and documentaries by Karen Martinez, and as always, great food!
Sehba Sarwar, multidisciplinary artist and writer, dissects this very question in various ways. Working with new entrants to Houston and the US, Sarwar delves into issues of displacement and of invisibility; the state of being transnational and the urgency one faces to come to terms with being in-between.
The afternoon will include readings by Sarwar, stories from participants in Sarwar's southwest Houston storytelling workshop, and an exhibition of writings from Sarwar's blog.
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3:00-6:00 PM, Saturday, December 5
This living room art production is part of our third and final year in our ongoing Borderlines series. Through our productions this year, VBB will work with Houston-based and international artists to explore the methods/routes people use to move across borders in North America (Mexico-US-Canada) and South Asia (India-Pakistan-Bangladesh-Nepal).
The multidisciplinary production will include performances, installations, video and more.
The focus of Asian Americans in Houston: A Kaleidoscope of Cultures will be on 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.
VBB will be featured in the Houston History magazine; objects and images from past productions will be exhibited.
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.