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The Dharavi Biennale


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The Dharavi Biennale


Everything is here

THANKS FOR COMING TO THE REPEAT SHOW

we haD anOTHER exhibition at the colour box

The show collected work from all our Artboxes, along with new work by recipients of the Dharavi Biennale Scholarship 2015

THE DHARAVI BIENNALE EVALUATION IS LIVE

WHO WHAT WHY WHEN WHERE: HERE

UCL ANTENNA REPORTS ON THE DHARAVI BIENNALE

A NICE PIECE BY SASHA ARMS

Cities: living labs for culture?

CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE CITY

The Dharavi Biennale is one of 27 case studies for policy and practice in a new publication from the Asia-Europe Foundation.

main aur meri body

Watch this genius sex education video made by our friend Paromita Vohra and starring the young people from the hit Dharavi Biennale musical Ishquiya Dharavi Ishtyle. Also spend some time exploring the wonderful Agents of Ishq website.

THE INDECISIVE CHICKEN

The cookbook that developed from our workshops with Prajna Desai is now available and was reviewed in the Economic Times

don't mess with me

Street artist Jas Charanjiva created The Pink Lady after the 2012 Delhi rape that triggered reaction across the country and around the world. Outraged protestors took to the streets to say that they had had enough and that justice must be served. The Pink Lady lives in many places in Mumbai: she responded to our invitation to take part in the Dharavi Biennale. Photo from an article in Grazia magazine, April 2015.

Photo: Keegan Crasto for Grazia magazine

think

Embroidered and clay brains were developed from functional MRI imaging in a collaboration between the Dharavi Biennale and Prof Sukhwinder Shergill

INDEFENSIBLE SPACE

Our participatory film about violence associated with toilets has been screened in Dharavi and London and has been selected by a number of documentary film festivals. Directed by Manish Sharma, the final cut is here for you. Indefensible Space was made in collaboration with Caren Levy and the UCL Development Planning Unit.

IF YOU CANNOT SAY IT, THEN DRAW IT

Ram Devineni writes for the World Bank blog about the Priya's Shakti comics workshop held during the Dharavi Biennale. You can see Tushar Kamble's comic panel on the blog. The Comics Epidemic book has been one of the most popular of our Art and Health pieces. Coming soon to an online store.

Bonded not Bound

Shilo Shiv Suleman and Fearless Collective

Founded by Shilo Shiv Suleman, the Fearless Collective is a group of artists based out of India that create public art as dialogue about gender and sexuality. The collective has worked on projects around the country in various locations including Ahmedabad, Okhla and Chennai. In February 2015, Fearless Collective travelled to Mumbai in collaboration with the Dharavi Biennale and SNEHA. During a four-day process, a discussion was initiated about personal space and boundaries, and together, the workshop participants arrived at an affirmation: "Bonded, not bound." This was then manifested in the form of a mural depicting community members on a prominent wall in Dharavi.

PARTICIPANT FILMMAKERS

Jamila Banu, Zareena Banu, Rashida Sheikh, Rutha David, Savitri Mane, Lakshman Mane, Anjali Amma, Sunita D’Souza, Shubangi Gaikwad, Irbadra Derber, Manoj Jaiswar, Santosh Vishwakarma, Sachin Trimukhe, Hansa Behn, Sana Sheikh, Shaina Khan, Bano, Nirmala Jaiswar, Kismeti Devi, Purshottam Jha, Urmila Kori, Zubeida Ansari, Nirmala Punjabi, Kishan Salbule, Bhagyashree Alkunte, Saiba Sheikh, Farida Sheikh

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Workshop led by Shilo Shiv Suleman
Facilitated by Laila Vaziralli for SNEHA and the Dharavi Biennale
Film: Aarthi Parthasarathy
Camera: Aarthi Parthasarathy, Ilana Miller, Philipp Eyer
Music: 'City Boy' by Alo Wala, 'Ultramarine' by Shaan Shiv Suleman, 'Eat the Rich' by Arjun Chandran
Additional Sound: Arjun Chandran

Fearless Collective are at www.facebook.com/thefearlesscollective
And their art is at www.cupick.com/thefearlesscollective/.
The Fearless Collective Management Team are Shilo Shiv Suleman, Kasha Frese, Aarthi Parthasarathy, Aruna Chandrasekhar

FIX THIS TOWN

JEET THAYIL AND FRIENDS FOR THE DHARAVI BIENNALE

Shot in Dharavi's recycling units by DOP Ayush Das and edited by Lucien de Sousu

what on earth?

The Dharavi Biennale was a two-year project built from smaller art projects in which residents of Dharavi, Mumbai, worked with mentor artists, health experts and activists to discuss urban health issues and develop challenging artworks. Each series of workshops was called an Artbox and you can read about all the Artboxes on this website. We held an inaugural exhibition in November 2013 and organised performances and events every few months. The Artboxes came together in the Alley Galli Biennale, a three-week exhibition in Dharavi with 12 associated events. The exhibition was held in four venues, included 22 collections of artworks resulting from the Artboxes, and attracted around 10,000 visitors. Media coverage included over 85 articles and several films. The process continues through a series of bursaries to local artists, building an upcoming exhibition in February 2016

Shane Solanki at Open Air Music. Image Ilana Millner

Shane Solanki at Open Air Music. Image Ilana Millner

WHo ON EARTH?

Click me baba

Click me baba

A Mumbai-based non-profit organisation, SNEHA targets four large public health areas: maternal and newborn health, child health and nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and prevention of violence against women and children.

Organised by SNEHA, the Dharavi Biennale aims to combine art and science, to highlight the contribution of the people of Dharavi to India’s economic and cultural life, and to share information on urban health. The Biennale invites Dharavi residents to meet, educate themselves on urban health, learn new skills, and produce challenging artworks. It is a collaboration between artists of all kinds, scientists and activists to develop locally resonant artworks that are authentic, honest and relevant.

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Colour Box


Kumbharwada Kabinet of Kuriosities

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Colour Box


Kumbharwada Kabinet of Kuriosities

Located on 90 Feet Road in the heart of Dharavi, the Colour Box is our hub: a meeting place, workshop space, and gallery. All our Artboxes are held at the Colour Box, along with skill development activities and meetings of SNEHA's community teams. It was the base for visitors to the Alley Galli Biennale, who began their tour of the exhibition there and then moved on to other galleries in Dharavi. The facade was painted by NME Graffiti and Rakesh Kunchikorve from Slumgods, who use the Colour Box as a hip-hop rehearsal space.

THE COLOUR BOX HOSTed OUR recent EXHIBITION

Do feel free to drop in and meet a cast of colourful characters.

Voices from the street
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