Comic art takes over a city
Presentation by Jana Jakoubek, Artistic Director, Fumetto Comic Festival Lucerne 

Respondents: BlueJackal and Ita Mehrotra

Monday, 8 October 2018 | 6 pm onwards 

FICA Reading Room
F-213/E-2, Second Floor, Old MB Road,
Lado Sarai, New Delhi: 110030

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, invites you to an interactive session with Jana Jakoubek, the artistic director of Fumetto Comic Festival Lucerne. Jana is in India as part of a research residency, and on her first stop she will be at the FICA Reading Room. The presentation will be on this festival that, since 1992, has been dedicated to avant-garde comics that move across distinct art forms.

Following her presentation, there will be short responses from Ita Mehrotra and the BlueJackal to provide a context in which comic makers practice and disseminate their work in India today. Ita will also be sharing her experience of interning at the Fumetto Comic Festival in April 2018. Join us to participate in what we hope will be a lively discussion.

About the speaker
Jana Jakoubek,
 born in Prague in 1979, studied Art History and German Philology in Zurich. On her way to obtaining her doctorate in Czech Contemporary Art, she nourished her appetite in words, images and stories by working in radio and television editorial offices, theatres and in various art projects. Passion for literature, arts and all kinds of creative expression led Jana Jakoubek to take on the position of artistic director for Fumetto Comic Festival, Lucerne (Switzerland). Since 2012 she has produced the programme for the nine-day festival dedicated to avant-garde comic crossing borders to other art forms.

About Respondents:  
Ita Mehrotra
 is a comics maker, illustrator and arts researcher. Following an open call for applications, Ita was supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council to be on a three-week internship at Fumetto Comic Festival, Lucerne, in April 2018. Her comics have been published in Drawing the Line (Zubaan Books), City Script (Goethe Institut), First Hand (Yoda Press), and AdAstra Comix. They have been exhibited at ‘Evidence Room’ (KHOJ Artists Association), People Tree, India International Center, among others.

BlueJackal is a platform for engaging with and creating visual narratives, comics, picture books. It is interested in initiating dialogue and learning in these contexts through interactive programs. BlueJackal is co-founded and run by Vasvi Oza, Shivangi Singh, Shefalee Jain and Lokesh Khodke. Their projects can be seen at