Opening Reception - Be/Longing


Art from the South Asian Women's Creative Collective

- Friday, March 1, 2013 7-9pm

Featuring works by Samira Abbassy, Nida Abidi, Chitra Ganesh, and more

Join us for the Opening Reception of Be/Longing, which brings to Washington, DC for the first time the work of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (or “SAWCC”, pronounced “Saucy”), comprised of women artists of the South Asian diaspora. Be/Longing is a story of rapture, struggle and fierce female identity, saturated with history, religion, and an explosive mix of ideas and materials. The artists address the politics of gender, hierarchy, and sexuality within the framework of a post-colonial globalized world. Artists in Be/Longing reference the body, directly or metaphorically, whole or dismembered, to address the duality of female experience.  At the same time, the show addresses how diasporic women — each with her own ambiguous identity and multiple allegiances — navigate “belonging” to a country, a place, or a collective. Emboldened by collective action, these marginalized voices defy regional and sexual boundaries to connect with the greater question of what it is to “belong.”

The artists in the exhibition are Samira Abbassy, Jaishri Abichandani, Nida Abidi, Amina Ahmed, Shelly Bahl, Marcy Chevali, Ruby Chishti, Chitra Ganesh, Monica Jahan Bose, & Sa’dia Rehman.  

SAWCC has hosted annual exhibitions at Exit Art, the Henry Street Settlement and Chuchifritos Gallery in New York.   Its critically acclaimed fifteenth anniversary exhibition, Her Stories, was held at the Queens Museum of Art in 2012 and will travel in June 2013 to the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Virginia. More information -

Please join us on Saturday, April 13th for a closing featuring the performance/installation, Indelible Scent, by Monica Jahan Bose from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, followed by the Artists’ Talk from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, and a closing reception from 5:30 to 7pm.

[Image: (above) Amina Ahmed, Listening Archetypes, Roots, Weeds & Trees, (bottom) Chitra Ganesh, The Awakening]

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC
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Special thanks to our wine sponsor Majestic Fine Wines:


All of our specially featured Majestic Fine Wines are available for discount at Calvert Woodley

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