MONTH AT A GLANCE |

 
30th 
 | 4.30 pm  | Colour Box, Dharavi Biennale, Room 25 (1st Wadi), Kumbharwada, Dharavi, Mumbai

Directed by Lutz Konermann | 80 min, colour, 2010

Geographies of Consumption | Bombay/Mumbai, is a public art project conceived and curated by the Mohile Parikh Center. It critically investigates the impact of consumption on natural resources in the city, and on human bodies, our ecosystems and cultures. Interspersed in the project are study groups, film screenings, public lectures, an annual symposia, and publication.

The second edition of the film program focuses on Dharavi. Speculations on its present condition and its possible future have led to a plethora of images and imaginations emerging from government organisations, private developers, non-governmental organisations and community groups. This has created a geography of desire and aspiration that shapes the imagination of the local communities.

Lutz Konermann’s documentary film focuses on the redevelopment proposal created by Mukesh Mehta, urban planner and consultant to the Dharavi Redevelopment Project. It follows the urban planner through the processes of state approval, and also documents the lives of the people in Dharavi as they access the impact the project. The film questions the very nature of development on homes and livelihoods, against mounting pressures of globalisation and capital.

The film program is designed to engage with different spaces in the city over the course of the year. Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar, the selected films will respond to these spaces in an attempt to interpret multiple imaginations of geography and consumption.

Outreach Partner: Dharavi Biennale

Limited Seating | RSVP basis only.

 
19th 
 | 6.30 pm | Visitor's Center, CSMVS, Mumbai

The film explores the life and work of K.G. Subramanyan, one of the foremost figures in modern Indian art and culture. His multi-faceted creative journey as painter, muralist, sculptor, printmaker, illustrator, and writer has made him one of the most versatile Indian artists in the post-independence era. Working with a variety of material and mediums, K.G. Subramanyan's art practice has always branched out, across the borders of art and craft, classical and folk and environmental and pop art. Through his lucid and precise conceptual formulations, Subramanyan has redefined the premises of tradition and modernity, and his books are testimonies of his fresh perspectives and original thinking. His critical concerns have engaged with the local, the national, and the international in the arts, and a whole generation of artists and art historians have been deeply influenced by his ideas and perceptions.

The film is produced under the “Great Masters” series of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, and directed by noted film director Goutam Ghose. It is woven around a long conversation with the artist-thinker, following his thoughts in the process of making. It dwells on his intellectual development through his direct involvement in the freedom movement, his studies in Britain, his special association with Baroda and Shantiniketan, his career as an art educator, and his varied engagements with institutional bodies.

In collaboration with: Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi | Admission free and open to all.

 
10th 
 | 11.00 am to 1.00 pm | NGMA, Mumbai

‘Time Present: Photographs from the Deutsche Bank Collection’, on view at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai from March 21 – May 10, 2015, is an international panorama of photographic art. Time Present offers an extraordinary insight into contemporary history, where photography has radically changed our vision of the world. Under the aegis of this exhibition, The Pomegranate Workshop presents a unique series of workshops for school children aged 10-15 years.

At Shot Story, conducted by The Pomegranate Workshop and facilitated by Mohile Parikh Center, children from Doorstep School will discover that an image can indeed speak several hundred words, if not a 1000! Using effective strategies, the facilitators will lead the children to connect with the photo images so they can create their very own stories in the Shot Story workshop. The stories can be written in English, Hindi or Marathi. The workshops aim to sensitize the children to the art of photography from the world over by creating a direct connect through fiction or nonfiction stories written by the children.