Sehba Sarwar is a writer, multidisciplinary artist, and
activist. She moves between the city of her birth, Karachi,
Pakistan, where she spent the first half of her life in a home
filled with artists, activists and educators, and her adopted city,
Houston, where she has recreated a community similar to the one
where she was raised. Through her writings and installations,
Sarwar explores displacement and women's issues, moving between
South Asia and the US.
Sarwar's first novel, Black Wings was published in
2004 (Alhamra Publishing, Pakistan), and her essays, poems and
short stories have appeared in publications including And The
World Changed (Feminist Press, New York), The News on
Sunday, The New York Times' Sunday Magazine and
Callaloo. She has also created a series of video collages
that have been screened in Pakistan, India, Egypt and the US. In an
attempt to document the multiple realities she inhabits - writer,
artist, mother, activist, dual citizen - Sarwar maintains a blog,
where she posts images, videos and words.
Currently, Sarwar is developing a non-fiction narrative entitled
What Is Home? that she started in 2012 while doing a
two-year residency at the University of Houston's Cynthia Woods
Mitchell Center for the Arts. In 2014-15, through a Mid-America
Arts Alliance grant, Sarwar expanded her What Is
Home? project into a multidisciplinary arts production
the first phase of which culminated on May 9, 2015. To follow her
project, please click here.
Alongside developing What Is Home?, Sarwar serves as
artistic/ founding director of Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB), a
non-profit arts-activist organization in Houston, USA for which she
has created Borderlines, a series that creates connections
between North America and South Asia.