bio

Sabba S. Elahi is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, educator, and cultural worker who grew up in a traditional Pakistani household in the Midwest.  Through her artwork and teaching confronts the politics of otherization, representation, and cultural resistance.  As a cultural worker she seeks to complicate the narratives of the South Asian Diaspora, Muslim Americans, and center the voices of communities who have been marginalized. 

Elahi's exhibitions include group shows at the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Prizm Miami Art Fair, Abrons Art Center (NYC) and recent solo exhibitions at Northwestern University's Dittmar Gallery.

She has held artist residencies with Chicago Artist Coalition’s Field/Work and Bolt Program, Ragdale, and Kala Arts Center.  Elahi is currently teaching at Oakton Community College and at work on a communal embroidery and sound project to commemorate the names of women and children who have died by U.S. drone strikes inside Pakistan.  Sabba S. Elahi received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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