“Pleasure and Defiance,” at Cove Street Arts Curated by Indigo Arts Alliance. Portland ME, Aug-Sep 2023.

Indigo Arts Alliance & 12 Gates Arts, Co-Publishers (2022). “Undisciplined Pleasures, Vigilant Defiance 2.0: Our Own Sister F-ing Pantheon” Artist Catalog, Maker/Scholar Sarah Khurshid Khan. Features contributing writers: Jasmine Wahi, Banu Subramaniam, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Mahmood Kooria, Márcia Minter, Aisha Khan, Atif Sheikh, Aathira Chennat. Indigo Arts Alliance and 12 Gates Arts, Co-Publishers, Aug 2022.

Undisciplined Pleasures, Vigilant Defiance 4.0 A Curative Space, As part of my A.I.R. at ArtHx at Princeton University, I created an animation where African Indian Ocean world femmes, Marjane and Uzza, engage in the simple act of creating during the monsoon, 2021-22.

Undisciplined Pleasures, Vigilant Defiance 2.0. “What We Become When We Are Unbound” Group Show, Project for Empty Space Feminist Incubator, Newark NJ 2020-2021 Feb-Apr 2021

A one-page book. A gathering of the many ovens found in The Book of Delights, a Central Indian Cookbook. Quarantine Public Library is a repository of books made by artists. The works published here are for anyone to freely download, print and assemble—to keep or give away.

Undisciplined Pleasures, Vigilant Defiance 1.0. Solo show Opens 6 Mar 2020, Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia, PA EXTENDED until Sep 19 2020.

Read my interview with ArtBlog.

Watch a conversation between Anna Arabindan-Kesson (curator) and Sarah K Khan.

In “Undisciplined Pleasures, Vigilant Defiance 1.0,” I have radically reimagined the Sultan’s zanāna/harem comprised of African, Arab, Turkic, and Central Asian women in the so-called “City of Joy,” inspired by the miniature paintings in The Book of Delights. In a series of 10 editioned prints, I offer an alternative universe where assertive, empowered women, no longer in positions of servitude, engage each other. I introduce three historical female figures from the Indian Ocean’s East African, Arab, and South Asian worlds—Queen Bilqis, Razia Sultan, and Freedom Fighter Weyzero. All participate in undisciplined pleasures while defying injustices. Foods and medicines in all types of vessels, ignite and sustain pleasures. And when called to arms, the women brandish an array of weapons. Creating my own pantheon, I defy erasure, inscribe lost narratives, and revise histories. All the women-identified sheros rage into beauty with grace, grit and glee, no longer forgotten or marginalized.

NB: The 10 edition prints are printed on traditional handmade Wasli paper ~33(h) x 24(w) with deckled edges intact. We used an etching press; and infused the etching ink with a number of essential oils.