Fri 23 Mar | 9.30am for 10am start - 5.30pm | £10* | Cinema
7pm - 8pm | Performance from Sahej Rahal
Join us for a day of sharing and discussion from the Here, There and Everywhere* (HTE) project partners and invited guests, as we explore the work that has taken place over the past year and what the legacy might be for us continuing to work together.
Here (UK), There (India), and Everywhere (online and internationally) is an artistic collaboration between India and the UK, showcasing the finest contemporary art practices across two unique cultures. The diverse and in-depth programme launched in January 2017 in Mumbai and culminates in March 2018.
HTE coincided with the seventieth anniversary of India’s independence from the UK, as well as the partition of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Through a series of exhibitions, projects, and residencies, Here, There and Everywhere looked beyond the surface to artistically explore what independence and autonomy really mean.
The ticket also includes a performance from Sahej Rahal at 7pm.
* Lunch is not included in the ticket price, however this can be added to your ticket by calling our sales and information desk on 0121 446 3232.
9:30am – 10am
Outside cinema (tea, coffee and water for all delegates will be served in the bar from 9.30am)
Welcome and details of the day:
Deborah Kermode Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Midlands Arts Centre
Here, There and Everywhere project introduction:
Skinder Hundal Chief Executive of New Art Exchange
Presentation Sahej Rahal:
Sahej Rahal is an internationally-renowned, Mumbai-based artist who works across performance, video, installation and sculpture to develop complex narrative-based installations, taking influences from philosophy through to science fiction. Sahej has worked with both Primary and MAC to develop new work for the Here, There and Everywhere project and will talk about his wider international practice and experience of working on the project.
11:00am – 11:45am
Q&A/ panel discussion:
A chance to ask Sahej questions. The discussion will touch upon the artists practice and how it’s situated within current art practices in South Asia with a following panel discussion with members of the Here, There and Everywhere partnership about models for international working: chaired by Meenakshi Thirukode.
11:45am – 12pm
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Meenakshi Thirukode will present work around her curatorial practice and in particular the impetus behind setting up her platform – ‘Instituting Otherwise’. Her work looks at the curatorial as a space of performing politics and pedagogy that allows minds to produce and disseminate articulations of the ‘decolonized’. The presentation will look at Infrastructures and other often times invisible models of the curatorial in India.
12.30pm – 1:45pm
Here, There and Everywhere partners:
(New Art Exchange, Quad/Format, MapUtopia, Delfina will talk more about their individual projects.
1:45pm – 2:30pm
(Lunch is not provided)
2.30pm – 3:15pm
The discussion will explore the UK Indian diaspora, with speakers Tasawar Bashir, Aziz Ibrahim, Alia Pathan, Hardeep Pandhal and Meenakshi Thirukode, including looking at an Indian curator’s perspective on the various constructions of identities, representations and subjectivities of the ‘South Asian’. Chaired by Sooree Pillay.
3:15pm – 4:30pm
Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in three, 20 minute breakout sessions exploring the work that MAC have contributed to the Here, There and Everywhere project and its future development:
1. Talk/tour with Ratna Gupta exploring the work she has produced for her residency at MAC.
2. Introduction to ‘The Dekkan Trap’ exhibition with Sahej Rahal in the First Floor Gallery.
3. Meenakshi Thirukode: talk and tea- what is the legacy for this project? Delegates will gather in an informal setting for a chai session to discuss steps towards engaging future collaborations between the network in UK and India. The format will include a set of provocations and questions to engage with as proposed by Meenakshi.
5pm – 5:20pm
Meenakshi Thirukode closes the presentations of the day with some thoughts and provocations- where do we go from here?
5:20pm – 5:30pm
Skinder Hundal and Deborah Kermode
Sahej Rahal will perform at 7pm in the First Floor Gallery/Public spaces. The First Floor Gallery will be open late for delegates.
Here, There and Everywhere is an artistic collaboration between India and the UK, showcasing the finest contemporary art practices across two unique cultures. The diverse and in-depth programme launches this January in Mumbai and culminates in March 2018. Venues ‘here’ (UK), ‘there’ (India), and ‘everywhere’ (across multiple sites and online), coincide with the seventieth anniversary of India’s independence from the UK, as well as the partition of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Through a series of exhibitions, projects, and residencies, Here, There and Everywhere looks beyond the surface to artistically explore what independence and autonomy really mean.
Here, There and Everywhere is a Midlands-London consortium led by New Art Exchange with Delfina Foundation, QUAD/FORMAT, PRIMARY and mac Birmingham as core UK partners. Indian partners include: Chatterjee & Lal, HH Art Spaces, What About Art?, Indian Memory Archive, Jaaga, 1ShanthiRoad, India Art Fair, Mumbai Gallery Weekend
Here, There and Everywhere is supported through funding by Arts Council England as part of a national project, Reimagine India. For more information visit here.