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Negotiating Routes:Ecologies Of The Byways 2012

The Negotiating Routes – Ecologies of the Byways invited creative practitioners to propose site-specific and interdisciplinary projects in response to the National Highway Development Program (NHDP) which had put land acquisition on fast track and was taking legal and police action against non-performing contractors and displaced villagers and tribals alike. The projects combined research and art, while addressing the visible and invisible transformations taking place in their immediate environments. Negotiating Routes encouraged archiving of local knowledge and mythologies about various ecologies whilst also facilitating a collaborative dialogue between the artist and the local community.

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The Negotiating Routes project invited artists, artists groups or professionals to propose site-specific projects that have an inter-disciplinary approach that combines research and art creation by artists and local communities, addressing the visible and invisible transformations currently taking place in their immediate environments. The project will encourage archiving of local knowledge and mythologies about various ecologies like the flora, fauna, home remedies, folklore, as also the making of an artist by a specific action or project.

Negotiating Routes mapped various project sites across the country to create an alternative road map where artists and communities had come together and were involved in discussions on the regeneration of the local ecology of the cities or villages that they inhabit. Using the nomenclature of the National Highway or NH1, each site, ironically named NR1, NR2  formed the nodal points of this alternative mapping as they connect to each other metaphorically, a route ‘ marked’ by art where transfer and exchange of knowledge has taken place.

This project was initiated by Varsha Nair and is co-curated by Pooja Sood at KHOJ.

The selected projects for the 2012 edition were:

NR 9: Akshay Rathore and Flora Boillot (Aulinjaa Village, Madhya Pradesh)
Abstract Reality: A Visual Perspective on the Organic Movement in Madhya Pradesh’

NR 10: Priya Ravish Mehra (Najibabad, District Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh)
Making the Invisible Visible’

NR 11: Uma Ray (Domahani, District Jamshedpur, Jharkhand)
‘Where the River Meets its People’


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