Mumbai: CAMP (Zinnia Ambapardiwala, Shaina Anand, Simpreet Singh and Ashok Sukumaran), Khanabadosh (Gitanjali Dang), Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty
Draft collectively considers how contemporary art can initiate, invoke and contribute to public debates. A year-long undertaking, the project is anchored in nine cities— Beijing, Cairo, Cape Town, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, St. Petersburg, Zurich—and opens with a three-day conference in Mumbai.
Draft encounters and tests public spheres and the consequences of staking claim to them through contemporary art. In doing so, it also chalks out the relationship between the seemingly disparate contexts of these cities that are, in fact, always intensely entangled.
The opening conference—and the project at large—convenes a cross-disciplinary crew of artists, curators, philosophers, anthropologists and the like, who cooperate as collaboratives in wound up urban contexts.
Draft is imagined as a kind of agent provocateur; exploring our reality, such as it is, by hinting at the possibility of what else could be. If no context can ever be truly exhausted, then each exploration is a renewal of the promise of debate.
This longue durée project is, somewhat, bookended by two conferences; the closing conference takes place in Zurich in the summer of 2016. In the critical interim, a range of engagements, including research and workshops, will be realised in each of the cities. Expanding on the conference’s discussions they will set the pace for the site-sensitive artworks that will be realised in early 2016.
Draft is not ‘about’ the city but it mobilises this complicated ecosystem as a springboard for thinking through questions, claims, potentials and problems around an infinite spectrum of contemporary artistic and philosophical concerns and practices.
The project intends to do this in a transnational scenario of home-grown artistic interventions, which question the notion of identity in a world that is nothing if not hybrid. The project intends to do this in the scenario of public spheres, which question extant public spheres in an epoch where dissenting contexts are rife with the rumbling sounds of deep matter, deep memory, deep alienation and what have you.
Draft is a proposal because every context is equal parts potential, problem and provisional.
Partners: Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, and Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich ZHdK
Supported by: artEDU Foundation and ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Draft is a project conceived by Gitanjali Dang, Khanabadosh, Mumbai, and Christoph Schenker, Institute for Contemporary Art Research IFCAR, Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK.
Artistic Director Khanabadosh, Mumbai
Phone: +91 98 20 414851
Prof. Christoph Schenker
Head of IFCAR Institute for Contemporary Art Research, Zurich
Phone: +41 43 446 6101
Phalguni Desai, Mumbai
Linda Jensen, Zurich
IFCAR Institute for Contemporary Art Research
Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK
Pfingstweidstr. 96 / P.O. Box
CH – 8031 Zurich
Phone: +41 43 446 61 01
Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council
Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich, ZHdK
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Website design and programming
Hubertus Design, Zurich
taywa gmbh, Zurich
Image captions and credits
Cairo collaborative: Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk: Out on the Street, 2015, film still. Courtesy: the artists. Cape Town collaborative: Sethembile Msezane, Untitled (Freedom Day), 2014, Courtesy: the artist. Hamburg collaborative: Alice Peragine, Application Operation, 2014, site-specific performance at Galerie Genscher Park Hamburg. Courtesy: the artist. Photograph: Marcel Peragine. Hong Kong collaborative: Samson Young, Liquid Borders, 2012 – 2014, image documentation. Courtesy: the artist. Photograph: Vanessa Law. Mexico City collaborative: Teatro Ojo, NO?!, 2008, image documentation of first action: Each generation wants its own 1968, Zocalo Square of Mexico City. Interventions and creation of image-actions in public spaces in Mexico City, forty years after the 1968 Student Movement. Courtesy: the artists. Mumbai collaborative: CAMP, From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, 2013, video still. Courtesy: the artists. Shanghai collaborative: Ju Anqi, There's a Strong Wind in Beijing, 1999, film still. Courtesy: the artist. St Petersburg collaborative: School for Engaged Art, Chto Delat, Atlas is Tired, 2014, performance documentation. Courtesy: the artists. Photograph: Vadim Lurie. Zurich collaborative: knowbotiq, MacGhillie_just a void, 2010. Courtesy: the artists. Photograph: Christoph Oeschger.
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