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Avni Sethi

Avni Sethi
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Avni Sethi is an interdisciplinary practitioner with her primary concerns lying between cultures of violence, memory, space and the body. She conceptualized and designed, the Conflictorium, a Museum of Conflict situated in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in 2013. The museum has since been home to diverse critical explorations on conflict transformation and art practice. She currently serves as its Artistic Director. She has been writing and speaking about the potential of small museums as a holding space for social justice processes and the necessity of building care based ecosystems. She co-curated ‘Mehnat Manzil’, a Museum of Work in Ahmedabad focusing on informal labour and migration in collaboration with Saath Charitable Trust in 2019. (www.mehnatmanzil.org). Trained in multiple dance idioms, her performances are largely inspired by syncretic faith traditions and sites of contested narratives. She has been continually interested in exploring the relationship between intimate audiences and the performing body. She is currently nurturing ‘Ordo Performance Collaboratory’ , a studio space that focuses on performance based experimentations in 2021 in Ahmedabad. She lives and works between Ahmedabad and Raipur in India.