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.