Zanbeel Arts is a proud sponsor of this festival, presenting artworks of about 30 different South Asian and local artists for three consecutive years. Lasting approximately one week, each annual festival includes artists from the USA, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Syria, to Iran.
Festivals include a fine art exhibition, book launches for South Asian diaspora writers, and public programming.
Free Art Workshops
Exploring Islamic Geometry and endangered species of Sindh and Rajasthan. Workshops for 60+ students of low income schools in Los Angeles. Participating schools: Compton High School, Environmental Charter Middle School Gardena, Fries Avenue Elementary School, Lawndale High School, Markham Middle School, and 112th Street Elementary School.
1st Annual SAAAF: Amina Ahmed, Riffat Ahmed, Bushra Chaudry, Salma Arastu, A.Q. Arif, Siona Benjamin, Tabinda Chinoy, Gazala Chinwala, Delna Dastur, Nasreen Haroon, Reem Hammad, Wahab Jaffer, Rita Karmarkar, Veru Narula, S.A. Noory, Antonio Puri, Ali Rahamad, Tara Rashid, Natasha Shoro, Carole Wilson, Farooq Yousufzai.
Dialogue in Art: Salma Arastu, A.Q. Arif, Siona Benjamin, Tabinda Chinoy, Gazala Chinwala, Marmar Ghadiri, Delna Dastur, Reem Hammad, Abid Hasan, Aziz Hasan, Nasreen Haroon, Wahab Jaffer, Ustad Yousuf Kohzad, Masuma Halai Khwaja, Amitis Motevalli, S. A. Noory, Antonio Puri, Ali Rahamad, Tara Rashid, Nahid Raza, Natasha Shoro, Durre Waseem, Carole J. Wilson, Farooq Yousufzai, Mubina Zuberi.
Roots, Regions & Reasons: Sonia Chaudhary, Pritika Chowdhry, Hayat Gul, Ramesh Gorjala, Reem Hammad, Abid Hasan, Asad Hussein, Tehniyet Hussain, Wahab Jaffer, C.f. John, Masuma Halai Khwaja, Haresh Lalvani, Lubna Lipton, Bina Malkani, Zahra Malkani, Amitis Motevalli, Suresh Muthukulam, Murali Nagapuza, Antonio Puri, Ali Rahamad, Tara Rashid, Amina Rehman, Satya Saha, Shakil Saigol, Halide Salam, Natasha Shoro, Azis T.M., Huda Totonji, Farooq Yousafzai.
Curated by Amina Begum Ahmed and Fatima Sultan.
1st Annual SAAAF
February 23-March 1, 2008
Opening Reception Feb 23, 4-9pm
2nd Annual SAAAF: Dialogue in Art
March 28-April 5, 2009
Opening Reception March 28, 4-8pm
Book Launch Author's Talk: March 28, 1pm
"Daughters of India" by Stephen Huyler
"Between 2 Spaces" by Halide Salam
3rd Annual SAAAF: Roots, Regions & Reasons
May 1-8 2010
Opening Reception May 1, 4-7pm
Comedy Show by Beo Zafar
May 1 at 7-8pm and May 2, 4-5pm
Poetry Reading by Tabinda Chinoy and Mehnaz Turner
May 1, 2-4pm
Free Art Workshops for adults and children.
Amina Ahmed demonstrates how sacred geometry is present in an apple.