The Humanities Institute

@Noon: Sehba Sarwar

September 10, 2019

Hampton Room
Malott Commons
Scripps College

Born and raised in Pakistan and now based in Los Angeles, the artist, writer, activist, and author of Black Wings discusses her work on immigration and border issues. Sarwar will also create a temporary, interactive installation on the theme of “on belonging” below one of Scripps’ oldest trees.

Sehba Sarwar is an award-winning writer whocreates essays, stories, poems, and art that tackle displacement, migration, and women’s issues. Her writings have appeared in publications including New York Times Sunday Magazine, Creative Time Reports, Asia: Magazine of Asian Literature and elsewhere. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published by Feminist Press, Akashic Books, and Harper Collins India, while the second edition of her novel, Black Wings, was released through Veliz Books in 2019. She has created video collages that have been screened in Egypt, India, Pakistan, and the US, and her papers are archived at the University of Houston’s library where she was artist-in-residence for several years. In 2018, she was commissioned by Houston’s Menil Collection to create a performance and installation, On Belonging, a segment of which she’s bringing to Scripps College’s. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan in a home filled with artists and activists, Sarwar is based in Los Angeles, where she writes, teaches, and creates art.

Presented in partnership with Scripps Presents, the Scripps College Grounds Department, and the Scripps College Writing Program.