IFA@Mumbai: Panel Discussion - Moving In/Moving Out | June 20, 2016

How do artists working with communities over long periods of time negotiate the series of entries and exits that they make? How do they decide if and when to leave altogether?

How do they think through the process of transferring ownership? What are the unanticipated forms of support they encounter? How can this unexpected patronage also be acknowledged? Do we need to re-think who our patrons are?

Join us for a discussion on art in communities, looking at social art practice and public patronage in the arts with Sumona Chakravarty of the Hamdasti art collective, curator and scholar Latika GuptaHimanshu S of the Dharavi Art room, and IFA programme executive Shubham Roy Choudhury.

Panel Discussion: Moving In / Moving out
Sumona Chakravarty, Himanshu S, Latika Gupta and Shubham Roy Choudhury
Monday | June 20, 2016 | 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Mumbai Art Room

Pipewala Building, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba, Mumbai — 400 005

The Hamdasti collective with Sumona as the principal investigator received a grant from IFA for their project Chitpur Local, a two-day public art festival in the Chitpur locality of old Kolkata. The grant supported workshops designed to re-energise this locality which has a rich history and heritage, through various cultural activities, with the help of the local community.

Latika received a fellowship from IFA under its Archival and Museum Fellowships, to research and curate a permanent exhibition at the Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian & Kargil Trade Artifacts, Kargil. The exhibition re-presents, and contextualises the large collection of historical and ethnographic objects in the museum, with help from the people who inhabit this community.

Himanshu is from the Dharavi Art Room which creates self-sustained community centres in neighbourhoods undergoing forceful change to explore storytelling through art.

Shubham is the programme executive for the Arts Practice programme of IFA, which has supported many such initiatives and will talk about funding for the arts in India.

They will present on their projects on engaging with local communities, followed by a discussion on patronage for community based art interventions.

Moving In / Moving Out is part of a programme of events taking place at the Mumbai Art Room in the context of the exhibition Chitpur (dis)Local by Hamdasti supported by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.

Latika Gupta received an Archival and Museum Fellowship from India Foundation for the Arts, with support from the INLAKS Shivdasani Foundation.