Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri
I use video, activism and installation work to create intimate, politically charged experiences for the people I engage. My identity plays a big role in the work I make.
Part Pakistani, part American—I am in between. Though I am able to cross boundaries and inhabit both worlds, I experience the dilemma of not belonging in either place. I am interested in the emotional, gendered, and spatial disconnection between my biased perceptions of these worlds and the role I play as a mediator between them. In meetings with expatriate Pakistani women and patriotic American soldiers, and in collecting fragments of experiences from my in-between worlds I explore themes of personal and collective displacement, longing and absurdity.
I studied architecture at Cornell University and went back to school for an MFA in Combined Media Arts from the University at Albany, NY. I am currently based in Albany and have shown work at several galleries locally including the Albany Institute of History and Art. My work was recently included in the 75th Annual Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition. I am also a curator at Collar Works art gallery, and have organized several shows at this artist run gallery. www.collarworks.org. In Spring 2011 I was one of the main organizers for the FAILUREtalks symposium. www.failuretalks.wordpress.com. Currently I work at the Sanctuary for Independent Media as a director and video editor of community projects http://www.mediasanctuary.org/ and I am gearing up for a new project I’m shooting in Pakistan and editing at the Vermont Studio Center residency program.