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How the Arts provokes History

Drama | English


"Never again shall a single story be told as though it were the only one"

~ John Berger

History is complex. What it is, what it is not, who is it about, who makes it, who writes it, who decides what to eliminate - these are questions that complicate both history and the way it is studied. The arts enable us to inquire into our history and ask critical questions about the gaps, ruptures, erasures, and silences within the trajectories of the past. They seek those stories that have been made invisible by dominant narratives. They have the possibility to disrupt hegemonies of caste, gender, religion, race and sexualities among others, by speaking truth to power. 

We are delighted to invite Arundhati Ghosh - arts support explorer - to Mumbai Local. With examples from various research and practice projects, Arundhati, will illustrate not only some of the ways in which the arts investigates, unearths, explores and reimagines stories that are marginalised, ignored, censored or expunged from 'history', but also how it contributes to the making of history in the here and now. 

We look forward to an evening that promises to be provocative, eye-opening and wonderfully engaging. An evening where we will also get a peek into the ways diverse artists mobilise the arts in different ways to ask their questions of the world. 

Do join us on Friday. If you are unable to make it to the venue, we will have the session aired on the Facebook live feed for you. 

Curated by Sameera Iyengar. 

RSVP for this session begins on Monday, 14th January 2019.


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