This season, Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) initiates Part II in our Borderlines project, Migrations and Movement, a year-long arc of programming that juxtaposes intercultural conflict in North American and South Asian border regions.
VBB's 2014-15 LRA productions will examine labor trafficking across North American and South Asian border regions: Canada-Mexico-US and Afghanistan-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan. In South Asia, we will continue exploring the borders between these countries and track how the carving of them has led to 'illegal' crossings, even as people continue to grapple with diverging narratives of historical events. Likewise, we will explore the ongoing legacy of US-Mexico border disputes and its impact on the Houston Latina/o communities, including the buying, selling and exchanging of human bodies for labor.
As VBB explores different layers of history through the creation of new and innovative art, we aim to illuminate local and global connections that bring communities together, so cultural borders can be erased and histories better understood.
a vbb cultural narrative Zinda Bhaag (Run for Your Life): A Screening
VBB kicks off our 2014-15 season with a special screening of Zinda Bhaag (Run for Your Life), a 2013 Pakistani Punjabi-language drama film co-directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi. Zinda Bhaag unravels against the theme of 'illegal' immigration and was constructed out of stories, anecdotes, and events that the directors encountered.
Join VBB for this special screening and an exclusive conversation with co-director Meenu Gaur + producer Mazhar Zaidi!
Join VBB for a Borderlinesliving room art production where artists will transform a Gulfton apartment home from the inside out by examining what it means to live close together, yet still be far apart.
Close Together will feature:
-Performances and installations by Houston-based artists
-Digital media installations from international artists
-Refreshments donated by Whole Foods-Montrose and Saint Arnold's
Bring your families and join us for an evening filled with art, community, and food!
This production is part of Gandhi's Legacy Houston, an initiative by the Menil Collection with other Houston organizations.
Únese con VBB para una producción Borderlines de arte que transformará un apartamento en el barrio Gulfton de adentro hacia afuera examinando que significa estar cerca y aún así seguir separados.
La producción presentará:
-Actuaciones e instalaciones de artistas locales
-Instalaciones digitales de artistas internacionales
-Refrescos y botanas donadas por Whole Foods-Montrose y Saint Arnold's cervecería
Traigan su familia para una noche llena de arte, de comunidad y de comida!
Esta producción es una parte de Gandhi's Legacy Houston por el Menil Collection con otras organizaciones en Houston.
Join VBB for the second annual launch of our newest living room art (LRA) catalogue, Borderlines, Volume 1, which contains essays and photographs about the first year (2013-14) in Borderlines, a series of productions and workshops grounded in Near Northside that explored cross-cultural connections between the US-Mexico and Pakistan-India-Bangladesh border regions.
Co-sponsored by Cafe Brasil, the book launch will feature:
-readings from Houston-based contributors Daniel Bustamante, Jimmy Castillo and Shreerekha Subramanian
-an exhibition featuring prints from Borderlines productions
-books for sale at our special discounted rate
-local contributors and artists who will be on hand to sign copies
This catalogue features essays written by a large pool of community activists, artists, and academics including Chintan Girish Modi (India); Tehmina Ahmed (Pakistan); Sadya Mizan and Hafiza Nilofar Khan (Bangladesh); Minerva Laveaga (El Paso); Mónica Arreola and Adriana Trujillo (Mexico); Sehba Sarwar, Bapsi Sidhwa and Shreerekha Subramanian, (Houston, Texas/Pakistan, India); and interviews with Daniel Bustamante by Monica Villarreal and with LRA homeowner Frank Aguilar by Rob Block and Jimmy Castillo (Houston). The essays are edited by Drs. Margot Backus and Maria Gonzalez, professors at University of Houston, and designed by Joshua Turner and Angela Martinez. VBB's Associate Director, Ana Laurel, serves as the publication's Managing Editor.
On "Sunday Funday," grab your friends and family + join VBB staff, artists and board members for libations and a special treat! 'Til they kick everyone out at 2 AM, Poison Girl will donate all drink proceeds towards the support of VBB and our ongoing Borderlines project.
VBB invites you to a very special event, Monitor 10: South Asian Experimental Film + Video. Curated by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in Toronto, CA, Monitor is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos by/and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world and features independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative.
To learn more about the films included in Monitor 10, check out this link that includes a statement about the works and why they were included in this annual series.
a vbb living room art | Borderlines production Migrations and Movement, Part II
Photos by Logan Beck; design by Angela Martinez
2:00-5:00 PM, May 2015
Participate in the transformation of a Gulfton residence in a Borderlines production that artistically explores the reasons why people leave their homelands, whether by choice or by force, in two border regions: Canada-US-Mexico and Afghanistan-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan.
VBB's LRA initiative has been influenced by multi-year funding by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and annual funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, as VBB aims to blend the artistic and geographical spaces between art, performance, digital space, and culture.
Since 2003, VBB and our Board have honored artists and activists who reflect our organization's passionate commitment to speaking out and inciting social change through art. Join VBB to celebrate our 15th year in Houston and honor those whose actions and work make the world we live in more just.
VBB is proud to be a community partner in collaboration with the Menil Collection's upcoming exhibition, Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence, opening on October 2 in observance of the 145th year of Mohandas K. Gandhi's birth. The exhibition will remain on view at the Menil through February 2015.
Honoring Our Heartbeats: A Tour to End Forced Marriage
6:30-8:00 PM, Thursday, October 16, 2014
Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin St., 77057
$ Free | Click here to RSVP
Join VBB, alongwith Tahirih Justice Center, for a community forum at Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center in Houston's Gulfton neighborhood. The forum will kick off with a multimedia performance by the authors of the comic book, Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project, which inspired the six-city Heartbeats Tour. The performance will be followed by a Q+A session and a reception, where copies of the comic book will be available.
VBB is in the process of confirming residential homes and dates in Gulfton through a partnership with Baker Ripley Center, a neighborhood-based organization that has committed to assisting VBB in securing homes and venues and helping with neighborhood outreach.
Open Journal: Think Global — Act Local! VBB radio
Photos: Mahwash Rahman and Katie Plochek
Throughout its season, VBB will also host radio shows on Open Journal (9:30 – 10 am) on KPFT 90.1 FM Pacifica Radio. Dates will be announced as they are scheduled. For more details, stay tuned to our website.