Bangalore has always been a cosmopolitan city that has embraced diverse artistic and cultural expressions to make meanings of its existence and relation to the world, amidst the chaos of daily urban life of its individuals and communities. Home to avant-garde works straddling literature, visual and performing arts, and new media and digital art, Bangalore’s artistic exuberance continues to explore the city’s many layered being – its struggles, conflicts and aspirations – nurtured by artists, institutions and neighbourhoods. At IFA, Bangalore has been our home for over 20 years, nurturing and supporting us.
Following two editions of Project 560 in 2014 and 2015 respectively, IFA organised a Roundtable Meeting with an external panel of experts in August 2016, towards sharpening the focus for the coming years. The experts on the panel were Suresh Jayaram, Ramesh Aravind, Deepa Ganesh, Jeebesh Bagchi, Zac O’Yeah and Anant Maringanti.Vivek Shanbhag participated in absentia, through a note he sent. The Project 560 plan is the outcome of the recommendations made by this panel.