DISCIPLINE VISUAL ARTS
CURATED BY Sudarshan Shetty
Panelists/Presenters Dr. Anil Gupta, Honeybee Network; Dr. Chandrabhan Prasad; Naseema Khatoon, Jugnu; Monish Siripurapu & Brahmi, ANT Studio; Amogh Sahaje, 100 Suns.
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Old GIM, Ribander
Talks by featured artists accompanying the exhibition, 'Work in Progress (Working Title)' curated by Sudarshan Shetty.
Chandra Bhan Prasad's house is home to the Dalit Goddess ‘English’. Author of the idea of Dalit Capitalism, a Dalit himself, Prasad is essentially a researcher and a columnist. Educated at JNU, Prasad is widely cited on questions of caste, and has been quoted by The New York Times and Nobel laureate Gary Becker on the subject. Prasad has been profiled by NYT, The Washington Post, and is a former Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, where he worked closely with Prof Devesh Kapur. He has co-authored a book with Prof Devesh Kapur and D. Syam Babu titled Defying the Odds – The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs (2014), and has another book in progress. He edits Dalit Enterprise, a 100-page English language Monthly Magazine that profiles some 20 Dalit Entrepreneurs in each Issue. Inspired by American Black Enterprise, Dalit Enterprise aims at making businesses fashionable amongst Dalits.
Naseema Khatoon is a human rights activist hailing from Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India. In 2001, Khatoon returned to Muzaffarpur to find that the situation of the sex workers was still the same. She decided to form Parcham, an NGO dedicated to rehabilitate both sex workers and their families. She began by organising street plays to educate the workers about their rights, and gradually moved towards their education. She helped start small industries of making bindis, candles, incense and matchsticks in the brothel, with the help of loans from local banks. With her efforts, the number of young girls joining as sex workers has reduced significantly.
A miscellany of Architecture, Nature and Technology inspired by teamwork and intelligence of Ants, ANT Studio ponders upon the intersections of art, architecture and design. The studio was founded in 2010 by Monish Siripurapu, a graduate from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi, with a sole motive to bridge the gap between craft and machinery embracing all the spheres of art, architecture, technology and materiality fusing with nature. Through a trans-disciplinary approach in their projects, they push for designs that go beyond functional and aesthetic concern to concoct an affiliation between the built and nature. As a research driven studio, emphasis is given on material exploration and advanced tools, tethering labour-intensive construction strategies with technology.