Blue Mountain Center

Supporting writers, artists and activists in Blue Mountain Lake, New York

2019 chertkov fellow: Sarah K. Khan 

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Sarah K. Khan is a multimedia maker and scholar with a focus on women, migrants, biological and agricultural diversity, and sustainability. Through photography, film and video art, printmaking, maps, and writings, Khan reveals and honors the often-invisible lives and labor of women and migrants. Her work explores the emotions and lived experiences of those she encounters.

More recently, Khan has returned to focus on the more qualitative fieldwork she loves, documenting the lives of people whose knowledge and labor are usually unacknowledged and thereby provoking thought around identity, migration, and culture. Since 2013, she has completed 14 short films, over 28 articles, and 13 data-driven maps as part of her ongoing projects. Khan is assembling multimedia exhibits that explore the lives of spice porters of Old Delhi, and the women cooks and farmers in Fez, Morocco.

From 2014 to 2015, she collected multimedia content from several farming communities in India for her Indian women farmers’ film series, including issues such as globalization, climate change, environmental degradation, gender disparity, race and caste discrimination and more to present a complex picture of the lives of these farmers. She is planning on dedicating her time at BMC to develop the storyboards for this series.

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).