Revue Artists – Sreejata Roy and Mrityunjay Chatterjee – worked on a yearlong community art project Networks and Neighbourhoods with the support of KHOJ. In May 2016, the project concluded with a three-day exhibition, a round table discussion, and neighbourhood walks.
Through a sustained series of interventions, workshops and cartography sessions over the course of year, the artists tried to understand the relationship women have with the public spaces of Khirkee and Hauz Rani. Networks and Neighbourhoods attempted to explore why these public spaces remain male-dominated and how they could be shaped to be equally hospitable to men and women.
Over the year, Sreejata and Mrityunjay worked with women of varied ages and backgrounds from the neighbourhood, engaging them in mapping exercises and interviews and wall paintings. Revue Artists explored how young women from once-marginalized colonies negotiate the changes in a local ecology that has to accommodate traditional family and community pressures even while the technologically-enabled elision of urban public and private space brings about shifts in personal identity and professional aspirations.
As Delhi-based artists involved for several years in the creation of community-related art projects, Revue evolved a personal practice within their larger investigation of socio-cultural conditions in urban contexts, drawing upon oral history, the narration of daily life and the formation/expression of subjectivity. Drawing upon their previous experience with projects at KHOJ in 2008 and 2009, in collaboration with local people from the heavily populated migrant working-class settlement of Khirkee, Hauz Rani, they had many informal and formal dialogues with local women about their notions of public space.
Key Participants, Collaborators:
1. Interns from Social Design Department, Ambedkar University (duration- summer internship): Arifa Khan, Satender Tiwari
2. Interns from Social Geography, School of Social Sciences, Jawarhal Nehru University (duration- 10 months): Chetana Nashkar, Nian Paul
3. Khirkee Collective (collaborators from Khirkee and its neighbourhood, duration- 1 year): Rabia, Rubina, Gulsaba, Vidhi, Kashish, Bianca,Sonia, Masooda, Rahim,Khatera,Nargiz, Mushda, Behesta, Tabassum,Razia.
For the Round Table:
1. Aisha Lovely George, Team Hidden-Pockets, Hidden Pockets, New Delhi.
2. Salini Sharma, Safe City, New Delhi
3. Kriti Agarwal, Safetipin, New Delhi
4. Paridhi Gupta, PhD researcher at Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
5. Manjari Shukla, MPhil researcher at Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.