April 2012 - Women Under Siege, Part 1
8:00 pm Saturday, April 28, 2012
At the home of Yolanda Alvarado & Victor King, 6669 Fairfield, Houston, TX 77023
$ Free

Photos by Katie Plochek & Mahwash Rahman

Featuring art by Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl, Geet Chainani, Yaminay Chaudhri, Mary Margaret Hansen, Tazeen Hussain, Haya Fatima Iqbal, Megan Jackson, Autumn Knight, Laltain Performing Arts Society with Ayesha Darr at Indus Earth Trust, NRITAAL, Sehba Sarwar, Tentative Collective and more.

In the twenty-first century, people have become accustomed to surveillance cameras, metal detectors and armed guards. Inspired by the necessity for security measures such as these at two unlikely spaces - Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston and the sufi shrine dedicated to Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi, Pakistan - VBB's 2-part April/May 2012 living room art production Women Under Siege, explored women's health, education, and "security" issues in Houston and Karachi. The show juxtaposed freedoms in Houston and Karachi that are often taken for granted, and artists from both areas transformed a residential Houston home through installations, visual art, and performances in response to the issues explored.

Highlights from the show included: live dance performances by Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl to open the show; recorded dance and music videos by Nrtitaal; video interview with Miriam Kass, former health writer for the now defunct Houston Post, whose historic stories about illegal abortions will be on exhibit; multiple on-site installations and body movement performances througout the home; a brand new documentary, Mullahs, Music & Metal Detectors about Sufi band Sketches; a video interview with women guards at Karachi’s Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine; live spoken word performances; archived and fresh community narratives from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast clients; opportunities for audience members to share your stories—and much more!

Food and drink was available for donation, and perfomances, installations, video, and narratives were ongoing throughout the night.

The production was cosponsored by Creative Women Unite, KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Houston Institute for Culture, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, University of Houston's Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and Geo TV (Pakistan).
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