Image: Borderlands. Hannah Smith Allen, 2018.


Curated by Sadia Shirazi, independent curator, writer and architect

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 26, 6 – 8pm

Exhibition Dates: September 26, 2018 – November 25, 2018
Hours: Weekdays 10am – 6pm, and weekends 12 – 6pm
Free and open to the public

*The exhibition title is drawn from Eduardo C. Corral’s poem “Border Triptych” (2012).

Lower East Side Printshop is pleased to present Three days in the desert guest curated by Sadia Shirazi. The exhibition will be on view at the Printshop from September 26 – November 25, 2018 with a public reception on Wednesday, September 26, 6 – 8pm.


A Future Collective (Sadia Shirazi, Mezna Qato)
16th Venice Architecture Biennale
La Biennale Architettura de Venezia 2018
Bahrain Pavilion, Curated by Noura Al Sayeh and Nora Akawi
Arsenale Artigliere

May 26 - November 25, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

Enactment of 3 Scores & The People's Mic Khutba 


A Future Collective (Sadia Shirazi, Mezna Qato)
Performance Space New York

Curated by Tiona Nekkia McClodden
1st Avenue 4th floor, New York, NY 10009

May 16 - 26, 2018
Open Sunday-Wednesday, 12-6pm

Friday, May 18, 2018

Enactment of 3 Scores & The People's Mic Khutba 

Image:  Sinking Boat with a Heartbeat , 2015 © Zarina; Courtesy of the artist.

Image: Sinking Boat with a Heartbeat, 2015
© Zarina; Courtesy of the artist.

Panel on Zarina: Dark Roads
A/P/A Institute at NYU

Wed, November 1, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center
100 Washington Square East (enter at 31 Washington Place)
New York , NY

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.

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On the occasion of the exhibition Zarina: Dark Roads, we present a panel discussion on the life and work of the prolific Zarina Hashmi, the 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Zarina: Dark Roadspresents selected works of prints and sculpture across the expanse of three decades, and marks the 70th anniversary of the 1947 Partition of India, which resulted in one of the largest forced migrations in the history of the world. The grave and lasting impacts of war, colonialism, and division are at the center of Zarina’s work, which foregrounds the personal and the intimate.

Organized around the exhibition thematics, with special attention to the cities (including Aligarh, New York, Paris and Delhi) that the artist has called home, this panel begin with a presentation of personal photographs and reflections from Zarina. Historian Vazira Zamindar (Brown University) will discuss the cartographic line in Zarina’s work, and its relation to histories of displacement, refuge and exile, as well as the very conditions of memory in a divided South Asia. Art historian and independent curator Sadia Shirazi (Cornell University) situates Zarina’s work within an art historical context. She considers Zarina’s work sculpturally, as a bridge between Delhi and the New York feminist art scene, and comments on the ways in which the events leading up to 9/11 influenced the artist and raised new questions around home, belonging, and citizenship. Award-winning investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker, and writer Anjali Kamat (Brooklyn College) examines Zarina’s explorations of global crises—including the war in Syria, the persecution of the Rohingya people, and the bombing of Afghanistan and Gaza—to think through questions of migration, statelessness, and struggles for justice.


Postcommodity, Coyotaje at Art in General, New York, 2017.

Postcommodity, Coyotaje at Art in General, New York, 2017.

I interviewed Postcommodity about their show that opened recently at Art in General, their inclusion in this year's Whitney Biennial and more.

Postcommodity is a transdisciplinary art collective that consists of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist. The three artists live and work in the American Southwest and, in addition to their work together as Postcommodity, have individual art practices as well as careers in fields ranging from music to public policy to education. Chacon, Martínez and Twist generously spoke to me the day before the opening of their solo show Coyotaje at Art in General and then responded to a set of questions by email in between travelling to present their work at documenta14. 

Indigenous New York, 11 March 2017

Saturday, 11 MAR 2017 4-6.00PM Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor
New York City

Indigenous New York, Critically Speaking presents key findings of a day-long colloquium that focuses on newly commissioned texts by nine writers of different backgrounds. This is the second of three colloquia that ground the research initiative Indigenous New York , which has been developed by the Vera List Center in collaboration with artist Alan Michelson (Mohawk) and in consultation with artist Jackson Polys (Tlingit). The series facilitates collaborations and exchanges among contemporary curators, artists, critics and scholars of Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous descent and their non-indigenous colleagues that focus on indigeneity and the legacy of colonialism and position the local as evidence of concerns shared globally. 

Land Writes—Citing Territory
cheyanne turions (settler and Indigenous ancestry), independent curator, Artistic Director of Trinity Square Video and Director of No Reading After the Internet
Sadia Shirazi, independent curator, writer and architect. Ph.D. student in Art History and Visual Studies, Cornell University

For more on cheyanne turions and my writing together, cheyanne's words on the experience of writing together around territorial acknowledgements and bans, click here.

Seeing Red: Invisibility and Opacity
Crystal Migwans (Anishinaabe), Ph.D. student in Art History, Columbia University
Anne Spice (Tlingit), Ph.D. student in Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center, New York
Randy Kennedy, journalist, The New York Times

Resistance, Resurgence, Collective Practice
Karyn Recollet (urban Cree), Ph.D., Associate Professor, Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
David Levi Strauss, scholar, writer, critic; Chair of the MFA Art Writing Department, School of Visual Arts, New York

Unsettling Narratives
Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora), Ph.D., Director, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program; Associate Professor, Departments of History of Art / Visual Studies and Art Department, Cornell University
Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-chief, Hyperallergic


Photograph by Tara Hart.

Photograph by Tara Hart.

New York Art Book Fair at P.S. 1
Friday, September 16, 2016


This session explores the relationship between publishing and curating, where artists’ books and printed matter are considered as portable exhibitions in their own right. The book will also be considered as an axis of innumerable relationships that are concretized through the publication and that are also informed by or inform curatorial practice and exhibitions of artists works in physical space. The tensions between books and exhibitions will be discussed as will issues of materiality, scale, distribution and audience. Panelists include Sadia Shirazi (moderator), Francesc Ruiz Abad, Alexis Bhagat, and Sharmini Pereira. Organized by Lindsey Reynolds.

For more information click here.

Installation view,  welcome to what we took from is the state , 2016. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
The Queens Museum, New York
Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The closing event of the exhibition welcome to what we took from is the state  is a conversation between curator, Sadia Shirazi, and artists Anushya Badrinath, Sue Jeong Ka, Ayesha Kamal Khan, and Umber Majeed. The discussion will focus on the artists' works in the show and the framework of the exhibition, which included a study group and readings of Fred Moten and Stefano Harney's The Undercommons

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Chitra Ganesh,  Her Nuclear Waters , 2013. 

Chitra Ganesh, Her Nuclear Waters, 2013. 

welcome to what we took from is the state
The Queens Museum, NY
Saturday, MARCH 12, 2016


Please join us for the opening of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective Annual Exhibition, welcome to what we took from is the state. 
Curated by Sadia Shirazi

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Join us for a conversation with Sadia Shirazi on
Muslim Futurism
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Audit Room, King's College, Cambridge

Part of King's In the Middle East: Conversations in History and Society, Cambridge University, United Kingdom


AUGUST 13, 2015, 7PM

Launching event at
311 East Broadway – New York
Thursday 13th August – 7PM

Presentation of the magazine by LÉOPOLD LAMBERT
Presentation of their articles by:
SADIA SHIRAZI (1/ Sept. 2015: Militarized Cities)
OLIVIA AHN (2/ Nov. 2015: Suburban Geographies)
MINH-HA T. PHAM (3/ Jan. 2016: Clothing Politics)

Join us for a reception after the presentation.
The first issue of the magazine will be available for purchase.