Dalit Dreamlands

Artist Credit: Parth Pawar

Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA), ARTogether, Discostan, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center co-presents Dalit Dreamlands: Toward an Anti-Caste Future – a landmark multimedia Dalit art exhibition and dance party that will bring together over 30 multiply marginalized artists from Dalit*, Adivasi*, Bahujan*, Afro-Indian, Indo-Caribbean, and Muslim communities to showcase the depths of creativity and community. 

Dalit Dreamlands, curated by Manu Kaur (they/them) and supported through AAWAA’s Emerging Curator’s Program, will center queer and trans caste abolitionist futurisms through art across various mediums, including fashion design, music, performances, films, paintings and visuals. One of the headlining artists, Malvika Raj, is a Dalit artist who challenges the casteist restrictions present in the Madhubani style of painting, by incorporating pro-Dalit assertions into her intricate and hypnotizing designs. Nazrina Rodjan is a queer Indo-Surinamese artist who integrates the history of indentured labor and femme resilience within her large paintings of indentured Indian women. London-based trans Dalit artist Mya Mehmi from Pxssy Palace will be one of four guest DJs and performers at the opening reception dance party in collaboration with Discostan’s Arshia Fatima Haq. Dalit Dreamlands is a historic event that marks one of the first queer Dalit-centered spaces to exist in California. Learn more about the exhibitions and events here.

*Dalit is a caste marker for caste-oppressed communities formerly known as Untouchables, Adivasi refers to tribes who are indigenous to South Asia, and Bahujan is an umbrella term that includes all caste-oppressed communities.

April 6 – June 10, 2024

April 6, 2024
5:30pm-7:30pm @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
6:00-8:00pm @ ARTogether, Oakland

April 6, 2024 from 8:00pm-1:00am @ 7th West, Oakland
Featuring Dalit Bahujan DJs: DJ Anjali, DJ Arshia, DJ Mya Mehmi, and DJ Seema Hari

Manu Kaur


Rinku Kumari
Jessie Sohpaul
Shivam Kamble
Nazrina Rodjan
Manpreet Singh
Malvika Raj
Seema Mattu
Mya Mehmi
Seema Hari
Shyama Kuver
Akhil Kang
Kaushik Tadvi
Rahee Punyashloka
Aravind Chedayan
Ajay Madhukar Dhoke
Shweta Ashokraj
Kamna Singh
Anika Nawar Ullah
Aindriya Barua
Ramnath Siddi 
Siddi Tribe of Karnataka 
Nrithya Pillai
Dalit Queer Project
Parth Pawar
Imaan Abbasi
Sri Vamsi Matta
R V Purusothaman (Purushu Arie)
Shradha Raj
Jay Sagathia
Dee Chawla
Mia Kaur
Riri Kumbhar
Rohini bhadarge
John Spencer
Kulpreet Rana
Simrah Farrukh

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