India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
in collaboration with
Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University Delhi
invites you to
Delhi Dialogues & Memories of Delhi/Dilli Ki Yaadein
An Exhibition & Website Launch
by Bhavin Shukla & Koyna Tomar
Ambedkar University Delhi, Karampura Campus
Exhibition Opening & Website Launch: Friday, September 14, 2018 | 05:00 PM
Exhibition on view from: September 15 to 20, 2018 | 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
A City Walk by Vaibhavi Kowshik
Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 07:00 AM to 9:00 AM
(Starting Point - outside entrance gate of Sanjay Van, near Indian Society for Training and Development
in Qutub Institutional Area (aka Katwaria Sarai))
We are delighted to invite you to Delhi Dialogues, an exhibition curated by Bhavin Shukla, and to the launch of the website Memories of Delhi/Dilli Ki Yaadein constructed by Koyna Tomar. You are also invited to a City Walk in Sanjay Van conducted by Vaibhavi Kowshik and Kush Sethi.
Bhavin Shukla, Koyna Tomar and Vaibhavi Kowshik received Archival and Museum Fellowships from IFA to research the Delhi Visual Archive (DVA)* at Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi.
Bhavin's exhibition Delhi Dialogues is an exhibition of photographs of everyday life in Delhi from the 1930s-1990s, selected from the works of amateur photographers from the archives. The exhibition is centred around the concept of a dialogue between the built environment and the people of the city. People's stories are the stories of the city.
(The exhibition which is on view for a week will also be accompanied by a series of events. For more details please see schedule).
Bhavin Shukla is an architect and educator from Ahmedabad. He is the co-founder of 'The Design Toolbox', a hybrid practice oriented towards collaborative architecture and urban design.
Koyna's Memories of Delhi or Dilli ki Yaadein is an online archive for CCK's textual, audio and visual collections on the memories of Delhi. The public website has various digital tools to explore the archive. The featured galleries and narrative thread have been curated to highlight particular themes, while tools such as the Map and the Browse functions provide users with multiple vantage points to access the archive.
Koyna Tomar is a doctoral student in the History and Sociology of Science at University of Pennsylvania, USA. Dilli ki Yaadein is her first project in digital curation.
Vaibhavi and Kush Sethi will facilitate a walk in Sanjay Van aka Delhi's South Central Ridge, a reserve forest covering an area of over 1500 acres that is bound between Qutub Institutional area, JNU and Qutub Minar. The walk will explore the area's rich biodiversity, visualise its scale from the highest vantage points and create new memories of living in the city of Delhi.
Vaibhavi Kowshik is a trained exhibition designer from NID, India who is involved in teaching design and arts education for children and young adults. In this project she explores the city's ecology through an illustrated point of view that is based on personal stories that she has collected over the last six months.
Kush Sethi is a landscape designer and conducts ecology-based walking tours (via HaraMe Company) focussing on biodiversity, sustainability and education.
*The Delhi Visual Archive's digitised collection consists of 3,854 images and about 700 photographs in its physical collection on Delhi and its outskirts from the period of 1880-1990s. The photographs were contributed by amateur photographers, residents, and visitors of Delhi. These photographs go beyond the popular images of monuments and landmarks, to see lives, livelihoods, professions, street life, festivities, and other happenings in the city.
These Archival and Museum Fellowships from India Foundation for the Arts, in collaboration with Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University, Delhi, are made possible with support from Tata Trusts.
Images are drawn from the Delhi Visual Archive, Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University, Delhi.