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#NTB Art-Articulations


August 11, 2016
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ILF Samanvay


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Amaltas Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
New Delhi, Delhi 110003 India
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Does art create a people?

Social Engagement as Art Practice

11 August 2016 | 7 PM

The first conversation of Art Articulations, the visual arts presentation of ILF Samanvay will be among artists who locate their practice within marginalized peoples and sites of the city. Their work emerges from a sustained engagement with communities that are disenfranchised – children, young adults, women and men who are living in extreme hardship.

Over the course of the evening the artists will present their work and together we will all ponder the question of aesthetics in socially engaged practices. We will learn the ways in which art can facilitate dialogue and change and the strategies employed by artists to reach their goals of public action, community engagement and enhancement.




Artist, Activist Probir Gupta’s  socio-cultural concerns attain multifarious manifestations in the form of  paintings, installations & community engaging art projects. Academically trained  from Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata in the 70s, his entire body of work is deeply rooted into a kind of activism. Further trained at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and having lived there for many years, his expression is at once connected to  the global and yet rooted into the local.

Living and practicing in Delhi for last several years,  he has pushed the limits of his studio to actual spaces and people (read community). Engaging extensively with  distinct under privileged communities (Dalits , migrant workers), folk artists, art educators, young learners from colleges & universities, NGOs and policy makers since 1997, Probir Gupta has worked towards sensitising the world around him to human trafficking, violence against women, and migration.

Revue, is an ensemble of artist/media practitioner duo Sreejata Roy and Mrityunjay Chatterjee, who have been collaborating on various art projects in India and abroad. The area of work involves largely city, politics of space and lived conditions. Revue also works in collaboration with communities for the realisation of the projects.

Along with their art practices, they are involved in art and design pedagogy and research. Roy’s present practice involves working with young people through a variety of forms of art practices and in low-income colonies in New Delhi.

She has been awarded with ‘Public Art’ grant from Foundation of Contemporary Art ( FICA) and completed reshaping a community park in one of those low income colonies. The Park project from India has been selected for final jury in International Public Art Award 2015.  

Mrityunjay Chatterjee is an artist with specific interest in public domain and popular print culture. Presently Revue is working on a project in Khirkee, urban village exploring the idea of women in public space erstwhile supported by Khoj International Artist Association, New Delhi. Revue simultaneously engaging with homeless women exploring the idea of women in public space at the shelter in Jama Masjid supported by Artreach India, New Delhi. 

Revue has widely published and participated in national and International exhibitions.

Aastha Chauhan specialised in sculpture both for her B.F.A, at the Government College of Art in Chandigarh, and her M.F.A. at New Delhi College of Art. Between 2005 and 2010 she lead the community arts initiatives at
the KHOJ International Artists Association in New Delhi. She is interested in socially engaged art and collaborative practices.

Aastha’s practice is rooted in the urban village of Khirkee in Delhi where she has worked for more than a decade on projects ranging from an independent zero budget street art festival to projects focusing on urban design, redevelopment and recently a Hip Hop fashion brand called Khirkee 17 with the local youth.

She is the Director of a socio-cultural movement called Delhi, I Love You that curates collaborations between culture practitioners of Delhi and the state government bodies.



Ravi Agarwal is an artist, environmental activist, writer and curator. His work has been shown Documenta XI, the  Sharjah Biennial (2013), and Indian Highway (2009). He is also the founder of the Indian environmental NGO, Toxics Link, which has pioneered work on waste and chemicals in India. He was  awarded the UN Special Recognition Award for Chemical Safety (2008) and the  Ashoka Fellowship (1997). He works and lives in New Delhi and is an engineer by training.