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Sabba Syal Elahi

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Interview with Sabba Syal Elahi by Simi Mathew (conducted in 2013, edited and published in 2016)


Bio: Sabba Syal Elahi received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her art has been featured nationally at ArtWallah, internationally in Spain and Pakistan, and in the Chicagoland area. Sabba’s artwork is rooted in her bicultural experience and explores issues of cultural and historical representation, identity, and gender through personal, family, and community narratives. From 2011-2009 Sabba curated the visual art for an annual Chicago event called Voices of Resistance, which showcased the work of Chicago and Midwest based South Asian artists. Sabba has served four years as Coordinator of College and Career Programs at Marwen, a position which complements her psychology and visual arts background and professional experience serving youth, families, and communities of color. Recently, Sabba participated in a Teaching Artist Residency at Ragdale and will begin the Bolt Artist Residency program in July of 2013.