The Archival and Museum Fellowships aim to activate collections in museums and archives in India, through curatorial and artistic interventions. IFA builds partnerships with archival and museum institutions, announces a Call for Applications, and then in collaboration with the host institution, selects a Fellow from among art practitioners to work with the collections. The Fellowships enable collections to come alive and be made accessible to a large public; they simultaneously give them a chance to re-present the collection through a new framework, and construct alternate histories of objects, people and places. It is our hope that this engagement will allow museums, and archives to function less as repositories, and more as sites that influence discourse, and creativity in the arts.
Some of the institutions that IFA has collaborated with include The Munshi Aziz Bhatt Museum of Central Asian and Kargil Trade Artifacts in Kargil; Asia Art Archive (AAA) in New Delhi; The National Museum in New Delhi; Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC);The Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute of Indian Studies (ARCE) in Gurgaon; Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya in Bhopal; Assam State Museum in Guwahati; and Kalakriti Archives in Hyderabad.
For details on some of the recent projects we have supported under our Archival and Museum Fellowships, click here.
Please write to the Programme Officer, Suman Gopinath at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or enquiries.