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