The Humanities Institute

On Belonging – Sehba Sarwar

September 16-29, 2019
Collaborative response card installation: September 16, 2019, 12:00 pm- 1:15 pm
Ongoing site-specific installation dates: September 16-29, 2019

Carob Tree
Jaqua West
Scripps College

In 2018, Sehba Sarwar’s site-specific installation was commissioned by the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas. The installation is being viewed for the first time in California at Scripps College’s 100-year-old carob tree that pre-dates the college.

Migration and displacement are at the core of Sehba Sarwar’s writing and art. Her On Belonging site-specific installation is part of a larger project through which she explores her parents’ journeys from India across newly carved borders to Pakistan where Sarwar was born, as well as her movement to and within the US. An integral part of the installation is ajrak fabric from Sarwar’s home city, Karachi in the province of Sindh, Pakistan; the ajrak design is also claimed by Indian provinces Rajasthan and Gujarat. On Belonging is dedicated to global communities and refugees who resist walls, borders and checkpoints.

Installation of the response cards is September 16, 2019, 12:00 pm-1:15 pm. Participants are also invited to join Sehba at the carob tree to help install their cards.

Please note: If you wish to submit a response card to be included with this installation please visit the Humanities Institute office in Humanities 226  or Professor Kimberly Drake (Writing Program, Vita Nova, 134) to pick up/submit your card by noon, Friday, September 13, 2019. 

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