The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) in collaboration with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi invites you to a nodal event of the Srinagar Biennale in New Delhi.
Srinagar Biennale Panel Discussion
Members of the Srinagar Biennale core group, Inder Salim, Showkat Katjoo, Syed Mujtaba Rizvi, Veer Munshi, Gowhar Fazili, Vivek Raina, and Maria Hearty
Will be in conversation with Vidya Shivadas
06 April 2016, 6:00 pm onward | Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110001
This is the first public event of the Srinagar Biennale in New Delhi. The core group of the Srinagar Biennale will present their ideas on the development of the Biennale so far and seeks to reach out to artists, performers, thinkers, film makers, scholars and students to join them in discussion about the potential and making of the Biennale itself. Keeping with the rhizomatic structure of the Biennale, this nodal event is the first of many to come to the capital, to explore ideas that the Biennale proposes to investigate.
Srinagar ( city ) is anywhere, everywhere, nowhere. Nothing happens in Srinagar. Something always keeps happening in Srinagar. It is unpredictable. It keeps growing. In Srinagar ideas are tasted and encountered differently. Hospitality and hostility play out an even game. The boundaries between ideas, affects and effects shift constantly and get challenged endlessly. This is a true plane to invigorate practice; a plane that can enrich and remake our sense of contemporaneity, simultaneity and multiplicity.
The air of Srinagar city is ancient, a city held together by a songlike yet sad, shrinking yet unpredictable river. Amidst its ruins, vibrant gardens and lakes are embedded part spoken and part unspoken, part twisted and part folded histories; ordinary dreams made extraordinary, part legible, part illegible; part fragrant melodies, shying mountains and polluted water bodies; part whispering, part yearning for everyone to come and tell a story.
Srinagar Biennale sees itself as a RHIZOMATIC composition. With a node in Srinagar, it is best served by the appearance of other nodes, in other places, ranging from the most unpredictable and inhospitable landscapes, to the most enlightened and hospitable of locations. It dances to multiple frequencies with an expansive movement.
Srinagar Biennale forsakes claims to attention as a single event, and instead stretches across time — breaks its banks, overflows, and demands a different, non rivalrous order of consideration. It sees itself as an eruption that transmits possibilities and interactions, to keep disturbing and repositioning the partition of the sensible. www.srinagarbiennale.org
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