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Beyond The Cuckoo's Nest

‘How can human beings be consigned to such an appalling environment…grim, dark, with stinking locked rooms worse than prisons? How can patients ever be healed in such a place?’ (Achinto, one of three Beyond The Cuckoo’s Nest photographers) Bringing together photography by Achinto Bhadra, Shumona Goel, and Anita Khemka, Beyond The Cuckoo’s Nest explores what it means to live with mental illness in India. As it navigates the narratives and experiences of the mentally ill, it also aims to spark a whiff of possibility – a whiff that talks about a life beyond institutionalisation; a life of hope and happiness, and the possibility of living as a full human being. (created in partnership with Anjali)

City Limits

Designed in collaboration with Pukar, City Limits explores everyday spaces in Mumbai through a gendered lens, focusing on the demarcations between public and private spaces, and attempts to understand the hierarchies of access that have become part of our taken-for-granted grammar of viewing the city. The effort is to privilege the everyday, to engage with women's strategies in negotiating public space, and to draw attention to the ways in which the private refuses to be compartmentalized (acting thus as a forceful reminder of the ambiguities attending urban living).

Dharavi: Fantastic Land

Dharavi, Asia’s second-largest slum, is a unique melting pot of communities from across India. This heart shaped conglomeration of cultures, identities, professions and individuals has been over-documented through the eyes of the curious outsider, the deriding policy maker, the voyeur, the social worker, the artist. What is absent through much of this documentation is the worm’s eye view – the eyes, or lens, that look inward. Conducted in partnership with SHED, Dharavi: Fantastic Land unfolds the joyous, affectionate relationship 12 children between the ages of 10-15 years enjoy with their ‘home land’. Taken by these children, the photographs represent Dharavi as a fantastic land – a place of identity, aspiration, comfort and belonging.

In Black and White

This 1997 photographic exhibit and book both explore one key question: What has 50 years of India’s independence really meant for women? Visually representing the diverse realities of what it means to be an Indian woman, In Black and White touches upon a range of issues that are still as relevant to women’s lives as they were then: reproduction, political participation, work, violence, displacement, gender identity, body politics. Photographers include Achinto, Dayanita Singh, Gauri Gill, Raghu Rai, Sebastiao Salgado, Sheba Chhachhi, Sonia Jabbar, Zana Briski.

Zist Tarashi: Sculpting Lives

Consistently documented in public space, the myriad voices of Muslim women have been buried under those that claim to speak for, against, or about them. In collaboration with Awaaz-e–Niswan and the Photography Promotion Trust, Zist Tarashi: Sculpting Lives brings together the work of 16 Muslim women, who have lived with or been subjected to domestic violence. Some of these women had never held a camera, and the exhibit provides an opportunity for viewers to glimpse their stories, lives and communities, through their eyes.



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