sandhya



                    (a work in progress)



  Nani,

You rise each day
    with the sun

and sing ; 

You thank the Universe for the everyday
              gifts
           
you see the beauty in even
the smallest cracks

in the pavement.

You teach me about
            gratitide
 
for the flowers

that still bloom through the
harshest of 
            winters.

You tell me stories 
of my
                parnanijis

how they traveled 
miles and miles and
              miles

from where the
                marigolds
                    grow,

golden as the
saffron in our meals,


to the soil I stand on
    today -

Where there has never been 
enough

                 s  p  a  c  e 

for us.

So you create your own
    temple

    sandhya you tell me

Where we are our own
        leaders

and you perform 
            puja

reciting your
            spells

once again at
        sundown.

Sinting to remind me that
                   
      we are everywhere - 
                    in water in the trees
                                   in the flowers

there is nothing compared to
                us.

It’s a miracle.



































   





 







Portraits of Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company members in Oakland, CA.

 
                                                                                
                                                                                                       
Mark





A story of two unapologetic,
                           
    fierce
                                   
    melanated
                           
                                    queer queens

  being vulnernable

                                                  showing up with care


         and taking up space

                                     











The process of constructing an identity is a daunting life task for all human beings, but for women and girls of color, their identity is further complicated by having to integrate who they are as both females and minorities, in a society where  both racial and gender stereotypes persist.

Challenged with issues of cultural displacement and lack of a stable support system, some minority women and girls not only struggle with defining themselves, but also lack basic survival skills that can further prevent the normal and healthy development of a productive and secure self identity and connection to the earth.

The Butterfly Movement, founded with the help of Oakland resident Brandi Mack, actively works towards supporting the transformation of young women who do not have the resources or means to connect deeper with themselves and the land they live on.

Brandi, who grew up in  East Oakland, where she did not have any of these resources to turn to, took it upon herself to bring the Butterfly Movement to Oakland, California. She has formed a community of young girls of color, and gives them a space to learn about bettering their communities and themselves.

By gaining access to a land plot in West Oakland earlier this year, a neighborhood that struggles with being a notorious food desert, she holds space for these women to work with the earth as a form of therapy.













DRAW THE LINE: 

"Draw the Line" was a week-long group artist residency program at Hubbell Street Galleries. 

Are lines porous or solid?
Do we need to allow them to be flexible or do some lines need to be permanently fixed?
Are they like borders or like margins? Which lines have you drawn or must draw?



Through the method of video installation and imagery, Natasha drew from her Punjabi ancestry, and a focus on matriarch to create a space where the past, present, and future all meet: where they all can communicate; where others can feel safe reflecting on their multilayered selves and ancestry. A visual representation of how ritual, sacred space, and vulnerability can all allign.