| 6.30pm | Auditorium, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

The Dharavi Biennale is a two-year process leading to an exhibition in 2015. It blends art and science to share information on urban health and to showcase the contribution of the people of Dharavi to Mumbai’s economic and cultural life. The project has been organized by SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action), an NGO working to improve the health of women and children in Mumbai’s informal settlements. With four themes - art, health, recycling and vitality - the Biennale invites Dharavi residents to meet, educate themselves on urban health, learn new skills, and produce locally resonant artworks that are authentic, honest and relevant. The Biennale is structured around workshops that bring Dharavi artists together with mentor artists and health scientists to develop artworks that raise questions about urban health. Each of these workshops is called an Artbox and happens at the Dharavi workspace and gallery, the Colour Box. All the Artboxes will come together in February 2015 at an exhibition and series of events called the Alley Galli Biennale, a lighthearted name for a bighearted show involving a mixture of languages, media, places and subjects. This panel discussion is a preview to the Biennale.

Panelists: David Osrin, Nayreen Daruwalla, Chaitanya Modak | Discussant: Prajna Desai

Venue Partner: National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai | Admission free and open to all.

 |  | 6.30 pm | Auditorium, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

‘Between the Lines: Identity, Place and Power: Selections from the Waswo X Waswo Collection of Indian Printmaking' is an exhibition that represents over eighty four Indian artists from diverse geographical regions. Consisting of woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and screen-prints, the works in the collection span a time from 1916 to the present. During this period, transformations in the Indian subcontinent have been enormous and reflect in the content of the works. In the background of the exhibition, it is interesting to investigate several frameworks within which printmaking has been practiced and extended as a fine art and also a commodity in artistic transaction in India.In this discussion, three educators discuss printmaking pedagogy in the studio format, moderated by the curator of the exhibition.

 | 6.30 pm | Auditorium | National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

The disciplinary understandings of contemporary Indian art are being challenged in our time by experiences, narratives and strategies designated as activism. The book, Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism (Ed: Deeptha Achar & Shivaji Panikkar, New Delhi: Tulika, 2012) explores this space between art and activism without letting the discourse being reduced either to a simple formulation about art in activism or activism in art. The focus, instead, is on interrogating the politics of aesthetics as well as the connections between the visual and other disciplines. Deriving its insights from methodological moves made in the fields of art history/criticism, culture studies and visual culture, the book foregrounds the links between the practice of art and the urgencies of the public world trying to bridge, in the process, the space that reaches across the academy and all that is known as activism in our time. The different sections in the book explore the complex relationship between art-producing practices and frameworks of viewing that seek alignment with the various struggles around caste, community, gender and sexuality.

Panelists: Deeptha Achar, Shivaji Panikkar, Nalini Malani and Tushar Joag | Discussant: Sudhanva Deshpande

 |  | 6.30 pm | NGMA Auditorium, Mumbai

The exhibition Between the Lines: Identity, Place and Power (Delhi 2012/Bangalore 2013) curated by the art historian Lina Vincent Sunish explores the history and practice of printmaking in India through the Waswo X. Waswo Collection of Indian Printmaking.The role of the collection itself is significant as is the stance of the curator as each allow for the exhibition to become an educative context to evaluate the place of printmaking in Indian Art while seeking to engage with individual achievements. This discussion with Waswo X. Waswo (artist/collector), Lina Vincent Sunish (art historian/curator) and Viraj Naik (artist) will examine the issues involved in the practice of printmaking, the notions of authenticity, the role of institutions and galleries and the future trajectories of this artistic medium.