Dec 2013 - Exploring Rituals
2:00-5 pm, December 7, 2013
At the homes of Frank Aguilar and Arlene and Mario Zamora, 115 and 121 Marie St; parking at the Leonel Castillo Community Center, 2101 South St., Houston, 77009
$ Free

Photos by Logan Beck

Curated by Robert Pruitt and Sehba Sarwar with support from Rob Block, Jimmy Castillo, Autumn Knight, Harbeer Sandhu, and Monica Villarreal

Participating artists included The Asaro Collective, Britto Arts Trust, Chhobir Haat, Erika Harrsch, Naila Mahmood, Sadya Mizan, Punjabi Cultural Society, Tentative Collective, M'Kina Tapscott, Vasl Artists' Collective and many more

Exploring Rituals took place on a cold afternoon at two residential homes in Near Northside. The Borderlines living room art production explored how ritual commemorations - shrines, altars, ritablos, temples, performances and gestures - mediate history and memory along two border regions: US-Mexico and India-Pakistan-Bangladesh.

Some highlights of the project included: VBB "passports" created by Robert Pruitt and Ana Laurel that determined which spaces audience members would be allowed to visit; digital art (prints and videos from Pakistan and Bangladesh); performance art by Monica Villarreal and her team as "border control" agents; story-telling by Chroniclers Nusrat Ameen, Rob Block, Maria Gonzalez, Raul Ramos, Zakia Sarwar and Elora Shehabbudin, and Samhita Sunya; shrines/altars with found objects by on-site artists; performance art by Autumn Knight; and a live mushaira (poetry jam) in Punjabi and Urdu.

Special thanks to volunteers VBB Board Members Carmen Peña Abrego and Gordon Anderson and students from Lamar High School.
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