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I am a researcher-writer-artist studying systems of racial, economic, and migration inequity; I use this focus to design, implement, and facilitate creative learning and advocacy to encourage transformative healing and justice in intergenerational communities, particularly with people of color, away from state, interpersonal, and historically traumatic violence and towards self-determination. I seek to study these ecosystems’ economies, by developing tools to encourage collective questioning while centering critical and compassionate care.

 

This website builds directly off the website of my friend/mentor/beloved community member, Emma Werowinski.

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I'm currently thinking about food as love, economies of care, histories of Black-Brown solidarity, the right to self determination, freedoms to engage in creative labor versus administrative labor, intergenerational communities...

 

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Research

Ongoing

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Wherever I Can;
Knowledge Sharing Ecosystems & Spaces

In the communities I flow with/through/beyond, I reflect on how we help one another grow through interpersonal knowledge sharing and absorption.

I have and continue to organize gatherings and dialogues for collective inquiry, including potluck critiques, workshops on storytelling through craft, and pedagogical exercises for discussions of racial justice in arts academia.

In 2020, I worked on designing a tool to facilitate the weaving of "undoing" and "creating" in movement spaces with Kaajal Shah and Nouf Bazaz as part of my work with SAALT. View my other community education programming and tools on the roads to abolition for SAALT here.

In 2021, I began working with other community members at Interference Archive to do educational programming and exhibition support. Visit me on Fridays when I staff.

I also support Caroline WoolardNati Conrazon, and Marina Lopez, as well as other artists, with their work on Art.coop. Find funding opportunities from Art.coop to BOLDLY engage the Solidarity Economy here. See our Creative Study courses on the Solidarity Economy here.

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Ongoing

Intergenerational Participatory Action Researcher

With the support of AAPI Women Lead, I'm working with 15 other individuals from community groups and organizations across the U.S. and U.S-affiliated islands to conduct community-driven research, focusing on gender-based violence against Asian and Pacific Islander women, girls, and non-binary communities.

February 2020 - May 2022

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At SAALT, I help research strategies and issues for advocacy (both in grassroots and political spaces) reflecting on issues of caste, immigration, hate violence, Islamophobia, and queerness as they relate to the South Asian American diaspora.

View collaborator and Healing & Justice Researcher Katha Sikka's work on non-profit relationships with transformative, reparative, and healing justice here.

 

View a publication from the Urban Institute on "Centering Race and Structural Racism in Immigration Policy Research" that was produced in alignment with a workshop I participated in on September 20 & 23, 2021 here.

View our reports on acts of hate here, and read coverage of my research at SAALT by Nitish Pahwa at Slate here. Find more media coverage of my work at the bottom of this webpage.


View SAALT's report, "Unequal Consequences", on the impact of coronavirus on South Asian Americans here as a maphere as a report, or here as a series of video testimonials. The report is also published in Volume 31 (2021) of the Harvard Kennedy School's Asian American Policy Review, available here for purchase.

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October 2019 - October 2021

Alongside Alliah George, Angeles Fitzpatrick, danyele brown, and Eric Padró, I studied the role of arts institutions in building sustainable communities within Dia Art Foundation's Education Department

I also collaborated with Fellow danyele brown to launch her tea line, "The Teas", which resists and challenges the pharmaceutical industry’s abuse and exploitation of trans communities by offering recipes for teas and tings in solidarity with the T- and titty-averse. The Teas are non-pharmaceutical supplements for male to female (MTF) hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other trans-utilitarian remedies.

 

Read a piece I wrote for Dia's blog about my work with danyele and The Teas here. Find The Teas on depop here

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March 2019 - December 2019

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This publication, designed by Maddie Woods and put forth by the Center for Complexity, documents the research and analysis of Charlotte ClementTim Maly and myself at a convening led by PopTech.

View Maddie's compilation of our findings here.

 

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Writing

February 2020 - May 2022

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I regularly produce pieces for SAALT that reflect on issues of caste, immigration, hate violence, and queerness as they relate to the South Asian American diaspora.

View a fact sheet and zine I made that provides an overview of trends in South Asian migration along the U.S. Southern Border here.

View a
Campus Workshop Guide I made on combating Islamophobia and hate in college spaces here. View my pieces reporting on Islamophobic and xenophobic hate incidents in the U.S. here.

View our report and research mapping the disparate impact of COVID-19 on South Asian communities across the United States here as a map, here as a report, or here as a series of video testimonials.

To see my editorial work, read SAALT's blog, Voices from the Communityhere.

Find SAALT's work on the Internet Archive here.

May 2021 - December 2021

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On 7 December 2021, the Center for Cultural Innovation published a report on the futures of art-based learning in co-ops that I worked on with Caroline WoolardDan Taeyoung, and Luana Marques Soares as a part of Dan & Caroline's work with AmbitioUS.

 

Read the report here.

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August 2019

This report details research conducted on the Center for Complexity regarding its relationship to racial justice movements happening within its parent community at the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

View this document here

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May 2019

This digital publication documents my year-long thesis endeavor to study my relationship to labor and productivity within the contexts of my university community. Looking at the effects of Arts Academia on my relationships with people, environments, and the objects that bring the two together, I use this collection of actions, performances, and portraits to construct a subjective and semi-biographical narrative concerning labor politics within maker/artist/designer workspaces.

View my thesis here.

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December 2018

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View Vol. XX Issue I & older editions here.

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Making

Ongoing

Lacing, Grids + Kitchen 'Craft'

I'm in the middle of digesting + figuring out a project that involves lace-making, netting, map-making, and the crafts involved in cooking/growing/farming/eating. Its fruits are yet to be determined, but will likely delve into themes of 'masculinity', 'ownership', environmental occupation, inheritance, etc.

See pictures of the lacing & grids I'm working on here. See pictures of the food I've been making here.

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Ongoing

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This is an on-going labor/resource exchange system that attempts to rebalance understandings of different forms of productivity (physical, mental, emotional).

Its first iteration took place at the Rhode Island School of Design between 2018 and 2019, and is a part of "artifacts 314-520: Labor Politics in the Studio".

 

You can view the zine that documents my work with the Department of Furniture Design and the class of 2019 here.

You can visit my collaborators' webpages below:

hannah bartlett                   harry cassell

clayton cottingham       adam hunt fertig
becca ford                     anya gupta     

makoto kumasaka        marc librizzi
adrienne may                
jacob miller
max pratt                      monel reina        

alicia wang                        soo joo 
valeria buttaci rincon   
tom caycedo
dan cha                         kira dekhayser        

haojun 'frank' gong      sisi zhang           
bea mandel                   
rowan mccallister      
jon ng                           elena ralls        

rowan shaw-jones        lotte walworth     
irene wei                      
yuning 'ruby' zhu

The second iteration took place at the Center for Complexity, and was titled Slumber Party. Its primary documentation is not available without direct inquiry to all participants, whose emails are as follows:

Jess Brown              theladyjbrown@gmail.com

Eury Kim                 eury.christina.kim@gmail.com

Sophie Engel            sengel@risd.edu
Madeline Woods      mwoods@risd.edu
Charlotte Clement    cclement@risd.edu
Irina Wang                iwang03@risd.edu

S Suryanarayanan    ssuryana@alumni.risd.edu

Its secondary documentation, in the form of the reasoning provided for the Center for Complexity to 'allow' this event, is available here.

The third iteration, known as Filed Work, is an ongoing project at Dia Art Foundation, that aims to unpack the relationships between arts institutions, anti-institutional artists, and their inherent coexistence.

It was originally scheduled to culminate in July 2020; due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Filed Work has been indefinitely postponed.

The fourth iteration took place at Moos in Am Treptower, Berlin, and intended to look at domestic labor and feminist economics in communal living spaces -- but, due to the structure of the space, I and other resident artists were forced to explore these topics in the face of violence. To learn more, reach out to me.

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Collaborative Apprenticeship

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May 2021 - May 2022

PROCESS: 20 YEARS SINCE

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PROCESS: 20 YEARS SINCE is a mini-docuseries and interactive digital exhibition which amplifies young South Asian American siblings’ calls to process — the past twenty years, and the next twenty years — in just, transformative, and unifying ways as the diaspora's first adult generation familiar only with a post-9/11 America.

I worked with artists Shravya Kag, Noor Khan, and Lameesa Mallic, and organizer Sharmin Hossain to bring this show together. On 10 September 2021, we marked the launch of the show at Judson Memorial Church, leading Jummah and a collective flower drawing across the street under the Washington Square Arch.

See pictures of our 10 September installation, taken by Iqra Shahbaz, here. Explore the digital exhibition here. Hear the stories of the ten young siblings we interviewed here

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July 2021 - August 2021

Tea Party Recipes to T(r)Averse

This is an experimental cookbook and guide created in collaboration with danyele brown to resists and challenges the pharmaceutical industry’s abuse and exploitation of trans communities. Offering recipes for teas and tings in solidarity with the T- and titty-averse, The Teas: Party Recipes to T(raverse) supports people, especially transwomen, transfemmes, and nonbinary folks who are looking for natural, non-pharmaceutical supplements for male to female (MTF) hormone replacement therapy (HRT). and other trans-utilitarian remedies. 

To purchase a copy of our inaugural cookbook: Tea Party Recipes To Traverse, email us at fellows@diaart.org. Low-cost and free versions are available upon request.

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May 2019

*Part of "artifacts 314-520: Labor Politics in the Studio"*

 

box & lid is the final piece in the series "artifacts 314-520", & addresses questions of labor and productivity, packaging them in a circular and self-referential moment where each relies on the other to be discussed or even exist.​

See pictures of box & lid here.

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May 2019

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*Part of "artifacts 314-520: Labor Politics in the Studio"*


The Big Tarlatan is the last soft ground intaglio etching in the series "artifacts 314-520" and examines the realities of continuing one's own creative practice while still working as a part-time studio assistant for my peers.

See pictures of The Big Tarlatan here.

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March 2019

*Part of "artifacts 314-520: Labor Politics in the Studio"*

 

artifacts 103-201 is a collection of miniature soft ground intaglio etchings that use tarlatan to materially map the movements of makers in the studio. ​​It builds on the language of its predecessor, mold friend (below), examining the elements of physical studio spaces that encourage and support healthy maker practices.

See pictures of artifacts 103-201 here.

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January 2019

This is a combination of intaglio prints and graphite drawings which explore the relationship between the pipes of construction, innards, and systems of thinking. The intaglio prints exaggerate the relationship of the understructure of the chair, Mold Friend, whose portraits are on the right of the prints.

Each print and drawing is named for/after its recipient -- thus, there are no 'unclaimed' or 'lonely' Pipes [4].

See in-progress pictures of Pipes 4 Mold Friend, Harry, Marc, and Anya here.

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December 2018

*Part of "artifacts 314-520: Labor Politics in the Studio"*

 

An exhibition of how labor can both be beautiful and capable of deteriorating over time, mold friend is an autobiographical timestamp of its making process, a transparent reflection of my maker instincts -- as well as a representation of how one can leave emotional unstable work environments and create safe havens of one's own.

Meet mold friend here.

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May 2018

Fifi is a metal portrait, brought to life from Bahman Mohasses's drawings of the same character, "howling with happiness" -- and from my own reimaginations of Fifi (below).

See Fifi with her with her friends here.

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March 2018

Bear Trap

Bear Trap is a pedagogical exercise and sculpture, developed specifically to augment Tyler Inman's curricular practice. Reach out to experience Bear Trap yourself.

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December 2017

Built by hand, Bentwood Sled / Sehnsucht is carefully tended to since conception, remaining with its owner until it is worn down; thus it is an ongoing project awaiting its 'completion'.

 

View pictures of Bentwood Sled / Sehnsucht here.

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November 2017

Inspired by Bahman Mohasses's Fifi Howls with Happiness, this series presents a mixed-media exploration of his void of a figure. Fifi has since become an extension with which to simultaneously bring together my multiple selves (who may not always see one another...).

See my portraits of Fifi here.

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December 2021

currently:

community, admin, redistribution @ art.coop

intergenerational participatory action research @ aapi women lead

previously:

moos.space, resident artist

south asian americans leading together, community + learning

center for conscious design, rights + design

art.coop, community + communications + research

dia art foundation, education + events + publications

labyrinth books, bookseller + events

center for complexity, social equity + research

dance/nyc, healing + justice research + programs

visions magazine, editing + writing + events

risd, events + admin + resources

bruce high quality foundation university, curation + education

providence children's museum, education + events

chitra ganesh studio, admin + carpentry

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find a time to chat with me!

select coverage of my work:
      in Huffington Post 
here

      in The Guardian here

      in The Atlantic here

      in Slate here

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