Maraa: An Exhibition of prohibitions, Cubbon Park, Bangalore 2016

Art in Public Space: A critical reimagining
Bangalore, India
5–8 June 2017 

Primary (Nottingham) and Maraa (Bangalore) are co-organising an intensive four-day Lab on Art in Public Space, bringing together collectives from across India who work creatively in public space for in-depth sharing of practice, reflection and critical conversation around the politics of arts practice in public space, and the challenges and possibilities of working in this realm.

This lab will explore the themes of imagination, inheritance, borders and boundaries in relation to art practice in the public realm, and consider how ‘art can reveal the contestations (in public space), acknowledge the resistances and confront the omissions.’ (Maraa).

Participating collectives: Art in Transit (Bangalore), Desire Machine Collective (Guwhati), Hamdasti (Kolkata),  Jaaga (Bangalore), Manalmagudi Theatre Land (Chennai), Project Chaari (New Delhi), Sadak Chaap (Pune), 080 Collective (Bangalore).

Participating observers: Shiv Ahuja (New Delhi), Jayasimha Chandrashekar (Bangalore), Vivek Chockalingam (Bangalore), Bhagwati Prasad (New Delhi), Siddhant Shetty (Bangalore)

Following on from the Lab there will be a public event in Bangalore on 10 June.

A second Lab will take place in Nottingham in September, as part of Primary’s Making Place programme. Questions and provocations from the Bangalore lab will be brought into dialogue with a wider group of Nottingham, UK and Europe-based organisations. From the relationships and dialogue developed through the two Labs, we aim to develop a new co-commissioned project that would have two different iterations in the UK and India.

This research activity is part of Here, There and Everywhere, an artistic collaboration between India and the UK, exploring contemporary art practices across these two different contexts. Here, There and Everywhere is a Midlands-London consortium led by New Art Exchange with Delfina Foundation, QUAD, mac Birmingham, and Primary as core UK partners. This programme is supported by funding from Arts Council England and British Council as part of a cultural exchange programme, ‘Reimagine India’.

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