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
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