Curated by produced by the Mohile Parikh Center and ArtOxygen, [en]counters: Land of Mine is a public art project taking place in Mumbai from January 7-14, 2012. We would like to focus on the idea of land in the city of Mumbai and its various declinations of territory, ground, soil, landscape, and heritage. In particular, we would like to explore how notions of space and identity, borders and sharing, possession and cohesion, strife and solidarity, neglect and appropriation come to the surface in the city’s everyday life and define its social environment.
Within the anarchic and uncontrolled growth of a city that has outgrown itself, land becomes a Pandora’s Box of an intertwined web of social, economic, urban and environmental issues:
• Reclamation, Erosion of beaches and Scaling of natural forests and open spaces
• Migrations, Encroachments and Over-population
• Housing, Real Estate and Property prices
• Non-developmental zones, Special Economic Zones, Rehabilitation projects, infrastructure and transportation.
The city, its development and future appears hopeless. Yet what remains fascinating are its people and the “networks of assistance” – as Suketu Mehta puts it - become its driving force, its backbone. It is this point of intersection between the vertical development of urban structures and the horizontal expansion of social relations what MPC and ArtO2 wish to explore.
Ghar by Anupam Singh
Interacting with local migrant workers in a remote location in Navi Mumbai, Singh will invite participants to define their notion of home. The same will be carved onto a brick which will become part of an installation. The artist has also conducted on-site workshops with local workers, local residents and schools as part of the project.
Participating colleges: Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Arts and Thane School of Art
Education Partners: Experimental Theatre Foundation and Conservation Education Centre, Bombay Natural History Society
This project is supported by Goethe Institut, Hivos, DOEN Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation and Arts Collaboratory.